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5 Manchester United superstars who need to step up following Jose Mourinho's departure

Jidonu Mauyon
ANALYST
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2.92K   //    22 Dec 2018, 10:56 IST

Manchester United superstar - Paul Pogba
Manchester United superstar - Paul Pogba

Manchester United's decision to release Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho has dominated the headlines during the past few days, with the Premier League side announcing that they have parted ways with the 55-year-old on Tuesday evening - a few days after they fell to an embarrassing 3-1 defeat against Liverpool at the Anfield Stadium.

The former Chelsea manager enjoyed some level of success during his first 2 years at the Old Trafford but his third season steered in the wrong direction amidst negative results - losing 5 of his 17 Premier League games and conceding an embarrassing 29 goals in the process as well as frequently falling out with both the management and some top figures in the squad - especially Paul Pogba.

With the manager now gone, it means that there will be no excuses for mediocrity at the Old Trafford anymore. Therefore, we highlight 5 superstars who need to step up with their performances following the departure of the Portuguese:


#5. Chris Smalling

Smalling has failed to convince with his performances at the back this season
Smalling has failed to convince with his performances at the back this season

Just as we have all witnessed since last season, English International, Chris Smalling has failed to impress with his performances at the heart of Manchester United's defence and that was one of the reasons why Jose Mourinho was desperate to sign a centre-back during the summer transfer window.

With the Portuguese now gone, there is no doubt Smalling remains one of the few superstars at the Old Trafford who need to step up with their displays as the Red Devils aim to get back to their best and avoid embarrassment this season.

Smalling needs to be more rigid at the heart of the defence and also improve his man-marking skills. He also needs to work on his quick decision-making in order to cope with the intensity and pace of opposition attackers in the English top flight.

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Jidonu Mauyon
ANALYST
Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda. He is a great fan of Lionel Messi and he likes to write about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also covers a lot of topics relating to the EPL, La Liga, Seria A and the Ligue 1. He has been doing great in the field, helping to intensify the passion for the beautiful game by sharing his opinions with his fellow soccer fans across the globe. His works have earned him recognition, notably claiming the Best Essay Writer award in the 2015 Milo Sports Writing Competition. To him, his followers are his best friends and he would go a long way to ensure that he keeps them refreshed and entertained. You love football and he does too, why not follow him so you can burn the passion together?
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