4) Square pegs in square holes
Much of Manchester United’s last three seasons have comprised of the Reds attempting to fit square pegs in round holes. This has led to underwhelming performances from some really good players.
It all started in 2013-14, when david Moyes brought in Mata, only to utilize him ineffectively on the flank. Motes had also attempted to play Fellaini as a defensive midfielder. Surprisingly, this trend carried on to LVG’s time.
Then there are players like Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, who are still unsure of their best positions. Someone, like an Ashley Young has been used at full back more often than at his natural position.
This is set to change this time. Mourinho has been observing his players for the past several months. He knows their strengths and weaknesses and intends to use properly.