• Daley Blind Should Be Michael Carrick’s Manchester United Replacement

    Jose Mourinho has the option to herald a new dawn of control and tempo in the Premier League; he can disrupt the perpetuated norm that a central-defensive-midfielder should be imposing and combative. Mourinho should look to Daley Blind to ease Manchester United’s worries surrounding the replacement of the ageing Michael Carrick – in doing so, Mourinho would rebel against the physically imposing nature of central midfield play. ...

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  • Manchester United’s Left-Back Situation Is Troubling

      Manchester United's left-back position was sorted for a decade. That's how it seemed, at least, when Luke Shaw started the 2015/16 season in blistering form. He had suffered public criticism over his fitness levels at the start of the Louis van Gaal regime. Van Gaal had made it clear that Shaw was a signing United had lined up before his arrival, but that he was happy to sanction the move. During his first season in charge it seemed as though there may have been a gritted teeth aspect to his acquiescence. Shaw was in and out of the side, unable to build any momentum. ...

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  • What Should Manchester United Do With Daley Blind?

    Daley Blind's Manchester United career so far has been something of a conundrum. On one hand, he attracts a great deal of well-deserved praise. Indeed, Squawka's Greg Johnson picks the Dutchman as United's best performer this season. On the other, it's impossible to argue that he does not make big, important mistakes too regularly for his success to be considered unequivocal. Jose Mourinho dropped him from centre-back following his high-profile blunder in the Manchester derby. His error in facing up to Kevin De Bruyne allowed Manchester City to open the scoring, striking a blow from which United took three games to recover. ...

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  • How Jose Mourinho Has Transformed The Perception of Man Utd’s Daley Blind

    “You have never been in love, until you’ve seen Daley Blind’s passes reflected in a reservoir” sang Morrissey in 2004. Conversely, most expected Blind to be the first of Jose Mourinho’s gang to die, the first victim of the Portuguese muscle-loving monolith. At 5’11”, Blind has never stocked the form of a Mourinho defender prototype, yet his early performances – thanks to an injured, unavailable Chris Smalling – have convinced the boss of his worth. ...

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  • Why Manchester United’s Eric Bailly Is Actually A Very Typical Jose Mourinho Signing

    Since Jose Mourinho’s appointment, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had been tipped to become the new manager’s first signing for Manchester United. As it is, the Swede is with his country at Euro 2016 and has been told he won’t be going anywhere while Sweden are still in the competition, per The Guardian. This has meant United have turned to Eric Bailly, a relatively unknown 22-year-old from Villarreal, who cost £30 million. From the Ivory Coast, Bailly has the summer off, avoiding the extra games Euro 2016 and the Copa America are wracking up for many Premier League players. ...

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