Stan Collymore thinks Jose Mourinho’s ability to build partnerships throughout the Manchester United team is what David Moyes was lacking during his time at Old Trafford.
United host Sunderland on Boxing Day with Moyes making his first trip to the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ as a manager since his sacking in 2014.
And Collymore reckons Mourinho has found the formula to make United successful again by forging partnerships across the pitch.
“Partnerships. That’s what Jose Mourinho is building his Manchester United team on and it’s what David Moyes failed to do during his brief stay at Old Trafford,” Collymore wrote in his column for the Daily Mirror.
“Don’t get me wrong, there were other issues that cost Moyes his job.
“Namely the fact that the behaviour of some within the dressing room was disgraceful — I mean, the fact they dubbed him ‘Everton’ shows how poisonous it was.
“No wonder those responsible were soon biffed off by Moyes and Louis van Gaal the season after.
“But the key difference between The Chosen One, as Moyes was dubbed, and The Special One is the fact Mourinho appears to have worked out his best pairings across the pitch.”
Collymore insists that now the Red Devils have clicked into gear they can make a serious push for the Champions League spots.
“People don’t talk about partnerships as much these days because they talk about the individual or the system,” Collymore continued.
“But partnerships and spine are the two most important things in terms of the reliability of a team.
“All right, so it has taken Mourinho nearly six months to get it right and Conte did it in, what, six to eight weeks at Chelsea? So there has to be a little bit of context.
“But, all of a sudden, they are appearing and the fact United are still on the coat-tails of the top four means they have a real chance to finish in those Champions League spots.
“They’re finally looking stronger in every department and I’m convinced it’s all down to the double acts Mourinho has found.”