Was Jose Mourinho sending a message along with his staff choice?

By Nick Wright

Final Up to date: 05/12/18 11:25pm










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Highlights from Manchester United’s draw in opposition to Arsenal

Highlights from Manchester United’s draw in opposition to Arsenal

Manchester United twice got here from behind in a frantic 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Outdated Trafford. Listed here are the speaking factors from the sport.

Mourinho’s message?

Recent from the frustration of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Southampton, Jose Mourinho made seven adjustments to his beginning line-up in opposition to Arsenal. Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku had been the headline omissions, with Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones and the suspended Ashley Younger additionally dropping out.

Amongst these to return in had been Diogo Dalot, making his Premier League debut, and Marcos Rojo, who had not made a single Manchester United look because the last day of final season. The Argentine joined Eric Bailly, who had not began a Premier League recreation since October, in an unfamiliar again three with Chris Smalling.

Mourinho’s staff choice prompted loads of hypothesis. Was he inviting the sack by fielding a weakened staff? Was he sending a message to the Manchester United hierarchy forward of the January switch window? Or was the message aimed on the senior gamers who’ve under-performed in current weeks?

Jose Mourinho's side are now four Premier League games without a win Jose Mourinho's side are now four Premier League games without a win

Jose Mourinho’s aspect are actually 4 Premier League video games and not using a win

The hypothesis is more likely to proceed, however the gamers Mourinho’s makeshift aspect did no less than present some battle. Shkodran Mustafi’s opener was cancelled out by Anthony Martial after simply 4 minutes, whereas there have been solely seconds between Alexandre Lacazette’s strike and Jesse Lingard’s leveller within the second half.

Whether or not or not Mourinho’s stand-ins have achieved sufficient to maintain their locations in opposition to Fulham on Saturday stays to be seen, nevertheless it was notable that he praised their “incredible perspective” after the sport. “Everyone gave every thing,” he added, “that’s for certain.”

Defensive errors dominate

The sport was outlined not by attacking high quality however by obvious defensive errors. In actual fact, particular person errors had been the basis of all 4 targets.

Mustafi’s opener set the tone. Smalling went to floor far too simply because the Arsenal nook was whipped into the field, with the often dependable David De Gea spilling Mustafi’s header over his head and, regardless of one of the best efforts of the Manchester United defender on the put up, over the road.

Defensive errors proved costly for both sides Defensive errors proved costly for both sides

Defensive errors proved expensive for each side

It was a significant lapse of focus and Arsenal quickly suffered one in every of their very own. Bernd Leno appeared to have palmed Rojo’s free-kick to security, however Arsenal had been sluggish to react, with Alex Iwobi and Rob Holding failing to clear Ander Herrera’s cut-back, permitting Martial to complete.

Rojo was at fault for Arsenal’s second, giving the ball straight to Lacazette beneath stress from his former United team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The defender tried to get better, however he was too late to cease the Arsenal striker from bundling the ball into the underside nook.

Amazingly, there have been solely 14 seconds between Manchester United’s subsequent kick-off and the ball hitting the online for Lingard’s leveller. Sokratis Paapastathopoulos supplied little resistance as Romelu Lukaku gained the aerial ball, with miscommunication between Sead Kolasinac and Leno permitting Lingard to steal in and rating.

The errors underlined the 2 sides’ defensive struggles this season. Manchester United have now shipped 25 targets – their second-highest complete of the Premier League period. Arsenal’s complete of 20 targets conceded will not be significantly better. If both aspect is to have any hope of ending within the prime 4, defensive enchancment is important.

Herrera, Torreira shine

In a ragged and fiercely-contested contest, it was no nice shock that midfield destroyers Herrera and Lucas Torreira had been the standout performers.

Shkodran Mustafi celebrates with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Hector Bellerin Shkodran Mustafi celebrates with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Hector Bellerin

Shkodran Mustafi celebrates with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Hector Bellerin

Herrera was one in every of solely 4 Manchester United gamers to maintain his place within the staff following the draw with Southampton. The Spaniard has been a peripheral determine for a lot of the marketing campaign, beginning solely 5 video games out of 20 earlier than this one, however Mourinho can be hard-pushed to depart him out in this type of type.

Herrera was instrumental in United’s objective, offering the help for Martial regardless of replays exhibiting him to be fractionally offside. The midfielder additionally posted a 92 per cent cross completion fee, nevertheless it was his work with out the ball that was most spectacular. In line with Opta, he made extra tackles (5) and extra interceptions (six) than anybody else.

That features Torreira, however this was one other spectacular efficiency from the pint-sized Uruguayan. His 90 per cent cross completion fee was amongst Arsenal’s highest, it was his nook which led to Mustafi’s opening objective, and, like Herrera, he additionally offered business and depth out of possession, making 9 ball recoveries – two greater than any of his Arsenal team-mates.

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