Jamie Redknapp: Jose Mourinho made bizarre decisions vs Tottenham

Jamie Redknapp: Jose Mourinho made bizarre decisions vs Tottenham

Pundit Jamie Redknapp believes Jose Mourinho made bizarre decisions for his Manchester United side during the clash with Tottenham Hotspurs.

The Portuguese manager oversaw his side’s 3-0 loss to the London club that continued the club’s poor start to the season.

United started in a formation that no one could figure out for a while until the game settled down.

Mourinho’s tactics saw his players enjoy a bright first half display but headed into the break tied nonetheless.

Carragher though states the former Chelsea manager’s tactical decisions were actually a sign of a more worrying aspect.

According to 101 Great Goals, Jamie said to talkSPORT: “I think it’s always a tell-tale sign when managers come under severe pressure, or they are having a bad time, when they do strange things when they pick a team.

“Picking Ander Herrera in a back-three – that, to me, is bizarre. He is not a centre-back and he hasn’t got tremendous height.

“He’s ok pace-wise, but you’re playing against one of the best centre-forwards in Harry Kane. As a back-three they were all over the place.

“They are the sort of things that you do as a manager when you’re under pressure. You make strange decisions. Against Brighton, for me, it looked like the team weren’t playing for the manager.”

Ander Herrera in central defence certainly sounds like a strange decision to make on paper but it’s not one Jose hasn’t done before.

The former Real Madrid man has previously tasked the Spaniard with man-marking jobs on players he believes are dangerous.

They’re typically players who are pacy and direct such as was done with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Herrera had to deal with Lucas Moura but it turned out the Tottenham man was playing as a shadow striker.

This forced the midfielder to pretty much end up alongside Phil Jones and Chris Smalling but it was done for good reason.

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