Stan Collymore: Jose Mourinho has found the right combination at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan


Stan Collymore believes Jose Mourinho has finally found the right combination of partnerships at Manchester United.

Man United have finally found some form heading into the Christmas period and host Sunderland on Boxing Day on a run of three Premier League wins on the bounce.

The Portuguese boss struggled to find his best XI at the club following his arrival in the summer and has begun to show some consistency with his players.

Speaking about the situation, Collymore claims United have been helped by blossoming partnerships on the pitch.

“United’s recent form has seen them move right back into the mix and with the visit of old boss Moyes and his Sunderland side on Boxing Day I would expect them to keep plugging the gap,” he said.

“They’re finally looking stronger in every department and I’m convinced it’s all down to the double acts Mourinho has found.

“Look at Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, as ­individuals you’d have said both were on their way out of the club.

“As a duo, however, they’re doing very nicely indeed. Then you’ve got Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick. Was Herrera too lightweight on his own in a position United were crying out for a new Roy Keane or Paul Ince?

“Yes, he was. Was Carrick getting too slow? Same answer. But as a pairing they’re ­working very well.

“Then you’ve got Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.

“Yes, it’s a bit predictable to pick them out, but Pogba is now ­getting the ball, lifting his head and dinking it in to Zlatan, and United are reaping the benefits.

“As an aside, I named Pogba as one of the three biggest ­disappointments of the first half of the season last week, given his reputation and the fee United paid for him.

“But, to give him his due, he has looked much sharper in the past couple of weeks and that bodes well for the rest of the season and beyond, too.

“The full-backs and wide men haven’t quite got there yet, and they will need to if United are to be successful.

“But Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian and Tony Valencia are all showing positive signs, and ahead of them Henrikh ­Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial too.

“Once they get those right then you have four or five partnerships across the pitch functioning well and understanding each other, and results start to follow.”

United hadn’t recieved the results their performances had warranted and it’s brilliant to finally see them getting back to winning ways.

Mourinho has done a brilliant job of re-building the side so far and it’ll be interesting to see how he can take the squad forward and close the gap on the top four.

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