Tuesday 12 December 2017

Has Jose Mourinho's wife accidentally leaked his tactical plans?

Twitter / Matilde Mourinho
Twitter / Matilde Mourinho

Jose Mourinho's tactical plans for Manchester United appear to have been partially leaked after his wife uploaded a photograph of him to social media.

Matilde Mourinho published a picture of her husband wearing his new club suit ahead of United’s flight to China for a pre-season tour.

In the background of the photograph, a tactics board with the legible names of some United players is visible.

The board appears to show half of a 4-3-3, Mourinho’s favoured formation, with players listed in seven positions.

David De Gea, unsurprisingly, appears to be the first-choice goalkeeper, while Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling get the nod over Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind at left-back and left-centre-back respectively.

Anthony Martial is preferred to Memphis Depay on the left-wing, while Wayne Rooney starts ahead of Juan Mata behind the striker.

Marouane Fellaini is named as a second-choice in centre midfield, but the name above his is illegible. Many fans on social media have excitedly suggested that it refers to Paul Pogba, United’s primary summer transfer target.

United's interest in Pogba is well-established, as is Mourinho's desire to sign a central midfielder which he can build his team around.

Independent News Service

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