There was a time here in the Transfer Tavern when a lot of us, not just fans of Chelsea, thought that Jose Mourinho would be unbeatable.
Here was a man who had breezed into the Stamford Bridge club and won their first two Premier League titles with a real swagger and panache about him.
He could buy any player he wanted, and his mind games with opposing managers were some of the most effective around.
His tactics were new, too. He helped develop the ‘Makele role’ in which the French midfielder became the benchmark for all holding players whilst he also introduced the 4-3-3 to a league that was still largely set in its way of using 4-4-2.
Times have changed since, of course, but our resident Manchester United fans thought they’d be getting similar when he signed for them in the summer.
So far, though, it has not been all plain sailing. United have struggled at times with Mourinho not knowing his best side and so our landlord reckons he should start switching things up.
The club have a game against West Ham this weekend and we reckon this 3-5-2 should be used by United to get the result…
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