Ryan Giggs: Jose Mourinho is struggling to find his best XI at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs believes that Jose Mourinho is still struggling to find his best starting XI at Old Trafford this season.

The Portuguese initially struggled to discover his ideal starting XI during the early stages of the campaign, often changing his midfield combination on a game-by-game basis.

But Mourinho, through using a midfield trio of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick, has engendered greater levels of stability and power in recent months.

But Giggs, speaking earlier this week, believes that Mourinho is still struggling to unearth his best XI at Man United this season.

“I think he’s done okay. He had a slow start and it is always difficult,” he said.  “If you look at Jose’s career so far, he has always dealt with similar kind of teams – Porto, Chelsea, Inter.”

“With United, he was coming into a team which was strong squad wise but I think he is still struggling a little bit to find his best XI.”

To think that a manager must have a clear, omnipresent starting XI to succeed at this level is short-sighted to say the least. Mourinho has always been regarded as a ruthless pragmatist, always changing in accordance with his surroundings, and he would laugh in the face of someone who thought that, at this level, you could use the same starting XI for every game.

The manager’s job entails many things: man-management, sustaining morale, ensuring that a squad has adequate depth to last an entire season, alongside many other aspects of the beautiful game. But the central task for a manager is to think on one’s feet, to always have a plan for every situation, and this – funnily enough – can involve using different players at different times.

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