Does Mourinho trust Martial or Rashford?

Date published: Tuesday 5th July 2016 2:36

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Well that was fun. Gratuitous digs at other managers, burying the idea of Rooney as a midfielder, and a sense of urgency and arrogance that’s been absent for three years.
Chris MUFC


One for Arsene
“There are some managers that the last time they won a title was 10 years ago. Some of them the last time they won a title was never. The last time I won a title was one year ago, not 10 years ago or 15 years ago so if I have a lot to prove, imagine the others.”

Couldn’t help yourself, could you Jose?



He is growing on me!

“Maybe Rooney is not a striker anymore, or a nine, but with me he will never be a six playing 50 metres from the goal. He will be a nine, a 10, a nine and a half, but not a six or eight. You can tell me his pass is amazing but my pass is amazing too without pressure” – Jose Mourinho, July 5.

I think this is the beginning of the side-lining of Rooney. Once he has a few training sessions then Mourinho will start to revise those 9, 10, 9 and a half positions.

I cant for the life of me see where he plays if Zlatan is fit and we sign Mkhitaryan and the mystery 4th player.
Plato – MUFC (Ever the optimist)


The Captive One
Why do all of Manchester United’s official photos of Mourinho look like they’re holding a captive and telling him to smile and look natural? Plenty of grimaces, and the infrequent smiles look like someone told him his lunch likely contained listeria.
Mark (I’m saying he doesn’t look remotely happy) Champion


So i’ve only read quotes from Jose’s PC on various websites.

Am I correct in thinking that not one Journo tried to get the ultimate tag line by asking, “So you were the Special One, then the Happy One…what are you now Jose?”

Did this not happen? If not, I am shocked.

This sounds like a thoroughly professional Press Conference throughout…!


Does Jose trust Martial and Rashford?
Amongst the ashes of England’s expected (also, unsurprising, mundane etc.) Euro performance, I’d like to write about Jose’s first presser today.

Of everything that he said, one thing caught my attention – 4 specialist signings. The way I see it, he has identified United’s weaknesses and is attempting to fix it (like he did with Chelsea between 2013-15). However, of the positions he mentions that warranted specialists (defender, central midfielder and attacking midfielder, all are spot on), one position is very curious to me – striker. I understand that Zlatan for a 1 year deal (as super sized it may be) is a good deal for any club adding to the variety of the bench, but forward is one position where United is already stacked up with. Now, I always believed that Rooney was a great midfielder like me (you get what I’m saying here?) and Jose has made it crystal clear. Rooney is a forward. Now, Jose acknowledging this and signing Zlatan has some consequences, notably for the rest of the striking lot at OT. Does it mean Rooney is no longer the striker it was (there might be elements of truths in it). Or, does Jose not trust the mercurial talents of Martial and Rashford? What this tells me is that Jose believes that he doesnt have the strike force to get him 20 goals a season. If I were a youngster (the two kids), it must worry me. On the other hand, if Jose values the kids well, Rooney is a dead man walking (now I’m the last person with sympathy for United or its success, but for the moment, let me view this from a neutral perspective). I would like to think that Martial and Rashford (I like him actually, the kid has got serious potential) will continue in their path from last season. Zlatan would bring his experience and be the short term fix to bring them to top 4 (or a title challenge). It leaves Rooney in a perilious position. But, having seen Jose at Chelsea (and brieftly following Inter Milan and Real Madrid for the man), I wont be surprised if one of the kids are in danger than Rooney, which would not be with the ethos of how a certain Alex Ferguson would’ve worked. Now, long story short, signing Zlatan makes the life of existing forwards more volatile. If it is Rooney, then Man United are moving forward, if not, then in 3 years (I think inevitably this will happen!), the club would be lost.

Now, on other matters, I dont know how the non-United (ABUs in general) colleagues of the mailbox failed to notice a certain hypocrisy from a Man United mailboxer (hint, he hails from my country) who has already started to plan the success of his club (now I have no issues with that), lauding Jose in the process. If my memory serves right, over the years, I’ve seen the vitriol of this individual against Jose so many times! But then, a lot of United fans are seeing the return of Christ in Jose now (the fans who’ve stuck to your song, I mean you no offense). As the season goes, with Jose’s exploits, comments and performance, its going to be sure fun watching the mailbox. Its good to see United having a manager with balls. It is healthy for the league and for the potential banter! I wish Jose the best anyways, he will always be special to me (of course, the first loyalty will be Chelsea and a certain Italian now)!
Aravind, Chelsea fan.


Is Levy still on holiday?
It seems as if Spurs are still building for next year. This year is essential for the Club. We are in the CL, but the possibility of slipping back to 6-8th looms large. Spurs need a signing that shows intent to battle with the like of ManUnho, City, Chelsea. They’re not standing still. Neither should Spurs. Come on Levy, now’s the time to cement us as a top 4 side.
Eric Breitman (I shouldn’t be this anxious in early July, but I am). Spurs, NYC.


Yellow cards
Why not change the rules just a little and have it so two yellows in the group stages is a ban but it requires three yellows in the knockout phase and is reset after the quarters. If you serve a ban then the yellows are wiped clean.

That should make it less likely players will miss important games but doesn’t allow players to pick up a lot of yellows.
Jason (Chorley Gooner)


It is not leaders that England need
Running through a brick wall is a bad way to win football matches. Also inadvisable: dying, putting your balls on the line, and following someone to hell (although if you do, following them back again does seem sensible).

England need players who can present multiple passing options to the ball carrier, carry out simple tactical instructions, and rely on their team mates to continue working as a team under pressure. Part of the solution is for England to have a unified way of playing in all age groups, to pick players for age group football based on how good they are at football rather than their size, and try to ensure that by the time they reach the senior team players have some idea of how England will play, and are confident that all of their team mates (possibly excluding an exceptional goal scorer) will be technically and tactically competent.

The good thing is that under Dan Ashworth all of this is already in place, and slowly filtering through. The last thing we need is to go back to the days when you needed a blood-soaked bandage round your head to demonstrate your commitment. Hodgson’s biggest mistake against Iceland was to keep Rooney on the pitch and remove Eric Dier; to trust in the mystical power of leadership. It failed him, just as it will fail any future manager who tries to rely on it.
Nick O’Connor


You can’t have your cake and eat it
Interesting to get the foreign perspective from Nebs, Johannesburg, on England’s latest nadir. While I’m not sure I entirely agree that England’s failure at major tournaments is solely down to the players not being good enough (a fish rots from the head, Roy), I do agree entirely that the problem is systemic.

The FA is a rudderless old boys club, and the vulgar avalanche of cash bestowed upon the Premier League has basically left them with no say in how club football in England dovetails into achievement for the national side. This situation is nowhere near as acute in terms of other European nations, Germany or France for example, where the whole structure is geared towards success on the international stage to a much greater degree.

It’s no coincidence that England went out to the Winners in ’86, made the semis in ’90, and in ’96 ‘semi-ed’ again, as the impact of the Premier League’s initiation in 92/93 hadn’t had time to negatively impact in full.

Modern England fans wail and moan when we crash out of tournaments after stupefyingly inept performances, but continue to shell out more and more of their hard-earned to Rupert Murdoch and the gluttonous Premier League clubs so they can go and spend £30m on players like Sadio Mane, seemingly oblivious as to their part in the whole grotesque pantomime.

Until the balance of power is restored to our national association, nothing will change, and that ain’t happening any time soon.
David O


FAO: Johnny Nic
I am generally a huge Johnny Nic fan. I loved the fact that he came out with an anti David Moyes piece the day before he was announced as United manager. People forget that this was a time when the media sycophancy of a British manager getting a top job was at its peak. He is never afraid to be controversial and I will always respect that. His “on tv” segments alone are worth coming to this site and his PFM bits are high comedy (literally, as I usually get on the funny cigarettes before reading them).

However, his “chaos” article was a crime against logic. Generally, the same international teams have been dominating football since formalized international competition came into being. There is a revolving door of one or two high class teams outside the elite (Austria in the 30s, Hungary in the 50s, Poland in the 70s, Denmark in the 80s, Sweden in the 90s, Belgium currently) . This does not point to any form of chaos but rather an established and predictable order.

England is poor and the multitude of reasons put forth are fully or at least partially correct.The problem is their effect has compounded over a very long time. There are so many things that have been so wrong for so long that no one has any idea where to begin.
Mr.F (Johnny, the next “On TV” bit is your redemption from this article, do not let the fans down) MUFC.


Fan mail
I love reading 365 but looking at your front page at 12.38 on Tuesday 05/07 I thought I had clicked on to Sky Sports with your uncontrollable Jose love fest

‘Mourinho’s United Unveiling: the Best Quotes’

‘Mourinho hints at Pogba and Mkhitaryan deals’

‘Mourinho: Rooney will not be a midfielder at United’

‘Jose discusses Giggs, Ferguson, promoting youth’

‘Mourinho aims dig at Van Gaal and Wenger’

We all get it, Jose is a big deal and generates tonnes of hype but is one news conference really worthy of five separate pages on your site?
Mark (long time reader first time writer)


I’m a big F365 and Man U fan so I obviously clicked on every article but garnering 4 clicks from me for one press conference seems a bit much no? Feels like something mediawatch would lampoon. I know you got to pay the bills and eat and stuff so I can’t blame you guys, just struck me as a bit much.

For the record, I would happily pay a month subscription to drop the new ads and pay you guys directly.

Do others in the mailbox feel similarly?

Ed – he said far too many interesting things to condense them into one, two or possibly even three articles. It is undoubtedly the biggest news story of the day.

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