Manchester United Football Club are looking in good shape at the moment, and it seems as though Jose Mourinho’s style and tactics are slowly but surely being implemented by the players in the squad. You have to say, his man-management has been excellent all season and he always protects his players where possible.
At times this season, some footballers have come in for criticism in a rather public manner. Off the top of my head, I can think of both Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw.
In a recent interview, the manager was asked about why he is so open to criticising some players in the public domain, whilst explaining what he is doing is ‘common sense’.
“It is not a psychological approach,” Mourinho told Sky Sports News. “It is common sense. When you give everything you have, I cannot demand more from you.”
“Marcus [Rashford], even when not performing especially well, he was giving absolutely everything. I could never demand more from him.”
“I could just support and say, ‘Better days will arrive’. Always super happy with the approach of such a young and talented kid.”
“Some other guys don’t give everything they have so that’s the point. They have to and when they do it, I’m happy with them, it doesn’t matter how they perform.”
First of all, it’s worth pointing out that the self-proclaimed Special One is absolutely loving Marcus Rashford right now, and you can see why. The Wythenshawe-born forward is putting in some superb performances on the offensive side of things, whilst also working hard defensively.
Now onto the criticism. I firmly believe that’s just his style and the way he works. Like he says, he isn’t in this job to mother players day-in-day-out, and he knows exactly what he wants from every individual within that squad. If you aren’t doing things in the correct manner, then Mourinho has no problem in telling you; and I don’t see any issue with that.
In my humble opinion what he is doing is working. Just look at how well Luke Shaw has responded recently, and the same can be said about Anthony Martial who played absolutely brilliantly during a potentially tricky away game at Burnley…