5 things Manchester United should do to close the gap on Manchester City
After two impressive wins against Chelsea and now more recently Liverpool, José Mourinho is slowly turning the negative discourse surrounding his philosophy at Manchester United.
While the Red Devils might be second in the Premier League, as well as competing in the Champions League and FA Cup, they remain far off the tails of cross-town rivals Manchester City.
United are used to competing for the title, but that has evaded them in a post-Ferguson era. With Mourinho at the helm, they have the best chance of climbing back to the summit, but they need to address a few problems within their squad.
Here are 5 things that need to happen.
#5 Manchester United’s attack must become fluid
There have been glimpses of excellence from Manchester United’s forward line, but they have been seldom showings since Alexis Sánchez arrived from Arsenal in the January transfer window.
The Chilean was a superb acquisition, especially given City were ready to pounce, but fans of United are unlikely to see the very best from him until next season - when he has a good pre-season under him and can properly gel with the team.
Against Liverpool, there were some intricate and flowing moments between Sánchez, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku, but it needs to become the norm with these players.
Eventually, it will come off and become more natural, and it is perfectly usual for there to be an adjusting period, but United’s prolific attackers will hugely benefit in understanding each other’s movements.
At the moment, there also seems to be a segregation between the midfield and the attack, which could be down to Mourinho’s tactics, but the whole point of having a player of Paul Pogba’s stature is to utilize him in connecting the two banks of three and creating seamless transitions from defence into attack.
In certain games and situations, the Portuguese head coach needs to take the shackles off and let the Frenchman run the show.