Pundit names one man that could rescue Man United’s season

Date published: Thursday 25th October 2018 2:59

Former Chelsea coach Steve Holland would be the perfect tonic to revive Man United’s fortunes, according to Martin Keown.

United are currently tenth in the Premier League and nine points behind joint-leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.

Holland is England’s assistant manager under Gareth Southgate and, with United “tactically under-prepared” against Juventus, Keown has urged Jose Mourinho to hire his former coach at Stamford Bridge.

“The problem for United against Juventus was not the players but the way Jose Mourinho set them up to play,” Keown wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“Tactically, Mourinho seems to be behind the curve. There is no clear vision for how his team should play.

“I could not believe how tactically under-prepared United were against Juventus . They did not press as a group.

“Juventus had plenty of options whenever they were in possession. When United had the ball, they did not seem to have the same options.

“I still believe Mourinho is the man to lead this football club but he needs to bring in a coach who can identify a new identity for the team.

“He should be trying to get Steve Holland to become part of his team at Old Trafford.

“Look at what he has offered Gareth Southgate as part of his England set-up.

“He was an assistant to Antonio Conte at Chelsea when the Italian brought in the back three system that inspired them win the Premier League in 2017.

“Holland drew upon those experiences to help England play that way as they reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia.

“He and Southgate have proved they can be flexible, too. They reverted to a 4-3-3 for the recent games against Spain and Croatia with excellent results.

“Holland was also a key member of Mourinho’s backroom team during his second spell at Stamford Bridge. He would still be able to work with England, too.

“United have spent so much money on players. Now it’s time to invest in a coach who can inject some new ideas into this team.”


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