One of the main themes of Manchester United’s season so far has been their lack of intensity in matches, particularly the lesser profile ones.
Against Valencia, with qualification already achieved, Jose Mourinho watched on as his side fell to a 2-1 loss when top spot was within their grasp.
It’s arguably been the main cause of United’s demise this campaign since they’re playing with more or less their same tactics as last season when they finished in second place.
Fans even began to jokingly rename their club ‘Second Half FC’ since the first half of matches was always so dire until Mourinho delivered his team-talk at the break.
The Portuguese manager could have been accused of making far too many changes against the Spanish club but the truth is those players needed minutes and needed to prove their worth as well.
Chances created by Paul Pogba from kick-off to the 80th minute: 0
Chances created by Paul Pogba from the 80th minute to the final whistle: 2
Utd failing to take the initiative once again. 💤💤💤 pic.twitter.com/ueEvydREiF
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) December 12, 2018
Unfortunately everyone was let down by the Red Devils’ stars and it was disappointing to see such a collapse in their performance from their convincing 4-1 win against Fulham just days earlier.
Paul Pogba‘s statistics isn’t to scapegoat him but rather to use him as an example of how the lack of determination or will to win meant he couldn’t create for his teammates.