Manchester United’s great – Lee Sharpe has criticised Jose Mourinho for his unadventurous football since taking the reigns at Old Trafford.
Sharpe, a mainstay in the team during Sir Alex Ferguson’s early years at United says Mourinho is derailing from the entertaining, attacking football which the Red devils’ fans has become so used to; and he branded the just finished Premier League season ‘disappointing’.
“For me, it was a pretty disappointing season and not entertaining enough,” said the former England winger.
“There are clubs with certain identities and United have never been a 1-0 team that sits back and rests on its laurels.
“You’ve got the blue side of Manchester under Pep, you’ve got Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool playing some of the best football in the league and United are playing slow, pragmatic, boring and even dated football.
“Maybe it’s time Mourinho reassesses things tactically. He’s been one of the most successful managers in the game over 10-12 years, trophies everywhere he’s gone, so I can understand him saying, ‘I’m doing it my way’.
“But times have changed and if it doesn’t start well next season, he could find himself under pressure from the fans.”
“Who wouldn’t be (jealous of Liverpool’s playing style)?” he said during an appearance at a McDonald’s community football day. “Liverpool play on the front foot, they’re entertaining, they’re exciting and they score a load of goals.
“The play like we used to. They’re not a team to settle on a 1-0 scoreline, they chase games. Yes, they’ll give a couple of results away and concede goals, but they’re attack-minded and that’s why they got to the Champions League final.”
Sharpe added; “I’m sure Jose will say he’s chasing down City next year and wants to win the league, but clawing back that 19 points is just too much,” he said. “It’s too far away to be thinking about City. They should be thinking about Tottenham and Liverpool.”