Jose Mourinho explains why Man United started in a 4-4-2 formation against Leicester

Manchester United got back to winning ways in the Premier League today, after three draws on the bounce in that competition. The Red Devils have now closed the gap on the top four to just two points, and we’re now breathing heavily down the necks of both Liverpool and Arsenal.

At the start of the game, it looked as though the self-proclaimed Special One had us set up in a 4-4-2 formation, which is unusually different to the solid, 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-3 formations that we usually run with.

After the match had finished, Mourinho explained exactly why we started out in that system, and then went on to discuss why he decided to change up – and you have to say, the switch worked an absolute treat.

“We went to a 4-4-2, the same system as they play. We tried not to give [Leicester’s centre-backs] Morgan and Huth a two-against-one fight and target with Zlatan.” Jose Mourinho is quoted as saying by ManUtd.com“We tried to give more freedom to Zlatan by playing with Marcus there. We were fine, we were quite stable in the game but without the quality of the possession we normally have and the control of the game. Then we changed and we started finding more spaces, then the first goal came and everything became easy for us.” 

The most important thing was securing the three points, and Manchester United managed that today. The manager got the big decisions right, and changed things when needed.

As he says, we were comfortable after that quick 90 second double from Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic, and in the end, we more than deserved the victory.

Now, United have to ensure we keep on the front foot, and really begin to put the pressure on all of the teams above us. At the end of the day, finishing in the top four is the first priority, and if we can do that whilst securing a trophy, it’ll be a successful season.

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