Monday 21 August 2017

'It's not right for a club of United's stature' - Carragher hits out at Mourinho's most embarrassing statistic

Jamie Carragher's Twitter spat with Leicester's Danny Simpson has been rumbling for months
Jamie Carragher's Twitter spat with Leicester's Danny Simpson has been rumbling for months
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jamie Carragher has hit out at the ‘alarming’ statistic confirming Manchester United have failed to score away from home against their chief Premier League rivals this season.

A 2-0 defeat against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Sunday ensured United have now drawn a blank in away games against Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, with Mourinho’s less than ambitious tactics in all of those matches coming under fire from Sky Sports pundit Carragher.

“It is alarming and it’s not right for a club of Manchester United’s stature to not score in those games,” he argued on Monday Night Football.

“With the manager they have, the players they have on the pitch and the money they spend, that is embarrassing really that they can’t score a goal in those games and it comes from Mourinho and the way he sets up his teams.

“You’ve either got to back Mourinho in terms of how manages or be totally against no matter the result,” Carragher said.

“When they play like that (defensively), they have to win. It’s not a shock for me, you see the outrage of people today at Mourinho, but he’s done this for ten or 15 years.

“Early on in the season... he was doing exactly the same thing. It was like a 6-3-1 yesterday.”

Jose Mourinho, whenever he’s in a game where he feels it’s 50-50 or where they’ve got a slight edge on him, his first thought is nullify, kill the game.

“His first thought is stop the opposition. That’s what he does in big games and I don’t think, no matter who he manages, it will ever change.”

Former United striker Michael Owen has been equally scathing of Mourinho’s tactics in his first season at Old Trafford, as he suggested the club’s fans may not tolerate such negativity for an extended period.

“I was brought up watching the great Liverpool and then the great United teams playing wonderful football and that is how I think they should play,” Owen told Yahoo Sport.

“I like to see United playing with pace in wide areas, being creative and it doesn’t sit well with me to see them playing like this, but you know what you are going to get with Mourinho and he is very good at killing a game when he needs to.

“If Mourinho gets the results he wants and they win a couple of trophies this season, I guess some people will be happy, but it is not the kind of football you associate with this club.

“When he goes to the top clubs in away games, he makes sure he doesn’t get beat. You know what you are going to get with Mourinho and he is very good at killing a game when he needs to.

“It is far easier to play a defensive, negative style of football and get success out of it than it is to play expansive, exciting football.”

United will get a final chance to break their duck away from home against the Premier League's big-hitters next weekend when they travel to face Tottenham in the final game to be played at White Hart Lane.

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