On Monday afternoon, Manchester United notched up another league victory, as Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils seem to be finding their feet under the watchful eye of the self-proclaimed Special One. The game was full of incidents, and it always looked as though United would get the three points – particularly after the Hammers’ red card.
Despite having the extra man, Manchester United struggled to create chances in the first half. That led to Jose Mourinho to make a bold decision, as he brought off Matteo Darmian at half-time in favour of another attacker in the form of Juan Mata.
After the match, the manager told reporters that he took the decision because Manchester United were already massively outnumbering the West Ham attackers in that area of the field.
“Jones, Carrick and Rojo were almost against zero, so West Ham had nine where we had seven,” Jose Mourinho told MUTV, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
You have to say that the boss got it absolutely spot on, too. As soon as Juan Mata came on, Manchester United created plenty more opportunities and their overall play was much more promising.
Once again, the self-proclaimed Special One made an absolutely crucial decision at the most pivotal of times and helped his side secure all three points in a fixture which normally gives us some trouble. That certainly bodes well for the future.