Mourinho Needs To Play This Back Three Tonight With Not Many Options To Hand
Jose Mourinho has taken a lot of stick this season, the United fans are clearly disgruntled by the on-pitch performances and 7th standing in the Premier League. However, the Red Devils have lost only once since the end of September to rivals Man City and twice in all competitions – 1-0 to Juventus.
It’s the draws that have been the downfall to United’s season; Three draws in seven league matches since the beginning of October, and they’re winless in the last three.
So the rampant and highly confident Arsenal will not be a welcomed match at such a critical time ahead of the always manic Christmas period. Mourinho has a host of players out injured at present – with his backline taking a battering…much like this season.
Lindelof, Young, Darmian, Smalling, and Bailly are all out with Shaw and Valencia facing late fitness tests.
So who does the Portuguese boss go with, with the injuries it looks set he’ll continue with his 3-5-2 but without the wingbacks, so a back three of…
LCB: Marcus Rojo
The Argentine defender hasn’t played so far this season and was on the bench against Southampton as he continues his comeback from yet another injury.
On his day, Rojo can be a great defender, however, the handful of games he’s played in the past 12 months will sure to show the match rust he’ll have. Although Mourinho doesn’t really have much choice at the moment except to throw him into the mix.
CB: Phil Jones
Jones played in the last match, making only his second Premier League appearance of the season, third in total.
Jones, like Rojo has been injury prone, but largely impressed under Mourinho’s tenure when he has been match fit. Jose will be hoping to lean on Jones experience to guide this defence through the match.
RCB: Diogo Dalot
Making up the back three is summer signing and highly anticipated Dalot. He impressed in his one and only appearance in the Champions League this season and got a little taste of Premier League football coming on as a sub at weekend.
Between them, the back three have started just three matches this campaign, which is worrying. Therefore, expect a tough night against the Gunners but one that sometimes works out when the team is up against it.