Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that he couldn’t have asked for more from his midfielders during the match against Manchester City.
The Portuguese boss though did reveal just what he told his players at half time that seemingly inspired the second half comeback.
United were 2-0 down at the break after a gutless 45 minutes but came out in the second half with all guns blazing to win 3-2.
Mourinho believed his midfielders did all that can during the first half and that the mistake actually lay elsewhere.
According to the Breaking Times, Jose said: “I told them at half time my midfield players couldn’t play any better than they had been playing. I was actually asking more from my central defenders to play with the ball.”
The former Real Madrid manager has recently been hinting fairly often at his lack of ball playing defenders and there is some truth to it.
Of course it should worry the current crop of defenders in the Red Devils squad but when compared to the rest of the top six’s defenders, Jose Mourinho is right in calling them out.
The Sky Blues have the likes of Nicolas Otamendi and Vincet Kompany while Chelsea have Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.
The list can go on and on but Christensen in particular was even retrained into a central defender just for the sake of his passing.
Some of the top six teams have even sacrificed capable defenders for ball playing ones simply due to it’s importance in modern football.
It’ll be interesting to see who will be moved on but it shouldn’t surprise the Manchester United fans if it were some of the poorer passers in the squad.