Phil Neville has encouraged Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to go all-out attack in the Reds’ trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend.
Man United travel to Premier League champions Chelsea, who are recovering from the hammering by Italian side AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League. Neville believes that shows their vulnerabilities, and United must go for it.
“Chelsea don’t look like a team who can play solid football,” Neville said, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live.
Part of the reason it doesn’t happen very often, though obviously there is some hesitancy from Mourinho, is it would require a significant change in formation. That is unless Rashford could play on the right flank.
Rashford and Martial can play on the left and upfront, while Lukaku while can only play as a striker. United either play with two strikers and no left-winger, with a left wingback instead, or with one striker and a left winger. That means only two positions for these three talented players.
United, therefore, would need a new formation or a change in the way that these three players play. That change in formation would likely be very, very attacking and for a risk-averse manager like Mourinho, it won’t be happening at Stamford Bridge with the quality of Chelsea’s attack.