Jamie Redknapp: Jose Mourinho still doesn’t know his best starting XI

by Leo Nieboer

Jamie Redknapp has laid into Jose Mourinho for not knowing his best starting XI at Manchester United despite being in his third season at the club.

Supporters were once again enraged by a directionless, disjointed display from Man United, whose frailty at the back saw them concede three goals before the break against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.

The chaos running throughout the side was epitomised best by defensive duo Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, who were playing just their second competitive game as a pair and struggled throughout.

Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, Redknapp pointed out how Mourinho still wasn’t aware of his best side at Old Trafford.

“What is his best XI? I don’t think he has a clue what his best XI is,” he said. 

“The problem for Manchester United is you look at the other teams and they know exactly what they are trying to do and how they are trying to play, and I have never seen a team lacking so much desire to get back into a game.

“How much more money can you throw at the problem? He has bought [Victor] Lindelof and [Eric] Bailly and they looked so poor today, why would you trust him to spend more money?

“I played against Manchester United for many years and you always expected a comeback. You can lose a game but it’s the manner you lose it and I don’t think I have seen United lose a game like that in a long time, where they showed no appetite to get back into it.”

When Redknapp starts talking sense, you know things are seriously awry. That is when the problems are so manifest that even an isolated tribe member from Peru – or a three year old – would be able to point them out.

Mourinho has had three summers to work with this team, with around £400m invested in the squad over that time, and yet, watching the game against Brighton, you would think he had only met his squad last week.

And when you see Manchester City blowing teams out of the water, Chelsea improving under Maurizio Sarri, Liverpool heavily investing in their squad, Tottenham Hotspur continuing to progress under Mauricio Pochettino, you just think: this team is light years away from where it needs to be.

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