Manchester United started the season tremendously by stringing one impressive performance after another. This was enough for many pundits and fans to see them as the main title candidate this season.
However, this quickly changed after Jose Mourinho’s side failed to collect a single point in two consecutive Premier League matches and one Europa League match. To make matters worse one of those matches was against bitter city rivals – Manchester City.
It seemed like Jose Mourinho lost his way and was wandering around aimlessly just like a casino beginner wanders around looking for the best online casinos. Unfortunately for Mourinho, casino beginners can visit a review list such as this one to help them choose and to solve their problems, a luxury that the Portuguese isn’t afforded.
However, one thing that the legendary Portuguese manager does have is experience in difficult situations. In his illustrious career he has made so many big decisions that we even lost count. Here are some of them:
- he phased out Iker Casillas out of Real Madrid;
- traded Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Samuel Eto’o in a masterstroke deal during his Inter Milan spell;
- brought out the best of an average Chelsea squad which won the league 2 years ago;
- won the Champions League with outsiders such as Porto and Inter Milan;
- made Diego Milito the best striker in the world.
His latest big decision was the omission of Manchester United poster child – Wayne Rooney. Fans have long been calling for Rooney to be benched, but no manager had the nerve to do that. The now disgraced Sam Allardyce even went as far as to say that Wayne Rooney can choose in which position he will play.
Mourinho made the decision even though he has been one of Rooney’s strongest supporters, and even wanted him in his Chelsea squad three years ago when Rooney managed to somehow convince David Moyes that he should be the best paid player in England.
This move seems to have brought the best out of Mourinho’s squad, which suddenly seems much more fluid and free flowing, and players like Rashford, Mata and Lingard are all of a sudden playing to their full potential. It doesn’t sound like a coincidence that this happened when Rooney was on the bench.
However, we shouldn’t forget that Wayne Rooney was one of the best players in the world not so long ago and that the probability that he has lost all his footballing ability in just two years is incredibly slim.
In fact, we feel that the fact that he was benched will motivate him to get back to his old self and in turn will provide Mourinho with a selection headache very soon. If that happens United will have this selection of forwards to choose from:
- a motivated Wayne Rooney;
- an excellent Juan Mata;
- a more and more impressive Jesse Lingard;
- an incredibly talented duo of Martial and Rushford;
- Zlatan (no other adjectives are needed);
- and the world’s most expensive player – Paul Pogba.
Those are seven players, which when on top of their game can absolutely destroy opposition defences. In fact, if we compare player for player, Manchester United are probably far superior to any of the title rivals when it comes to forwards and attacking midfielders.
This front line is what will lead Manchester United to their 21st EPL title and there is no reason why this shouldn’t happen. The worst part of United’s season is probably over and now they have 30 something games to prove their doubters wrong and re-establish themselves as the force they once were.
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