It has been a tough week for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. After surrendering the local bragging rights to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, there was further disappointment in store for United. A heavily altered team lost their opening Europa League match to Feyenoord, leaving Mourinho with a lot to think over. Here are 5 key decisions for Mourinho to make ahead of Manchester United vs Watford.
5) 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3?
Jose Mourinho is known for preferring the traditional 4-2-3-1 formation. Starting from his days in Portugal, right up to his forays at Real and Chelsea, he has always preferred to have two holding midfielders and hardworking wingers, who track the opposition fullbacks.
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United too started the season in a wholesome 4-2-3-1. However, Paul Pogba’s acquisition and recent performances have led to many ex-players calling for United to play a 4-3-3. Mourinho even tried out the formation in the Europa League.
Although, United came away second best, it would not hurt to give the 4-3-3 a few more tries. This gives Pogba more freedom to get involved on the ball, while someone like a Carrick or Schneiderlin is present to protect the defence.