Just hours after the unexpected 2-0 defeat of Chelsea by Manchester at Old Trafford, the lack of faith in Chelsea’s striking squad can be sensed from miles away. As he left the field, Mourinho couldn’t help but embrace his well deserve ovation. Not a single shot on target was recorded from Chelsea’s side for the entire 97 minutes of gameplay. As we speak, Chelsea’s tactical team is probably breaking down the entire game to discover Mourinho’s wizardry which prevented a short on target.
Is Jose Mourinho’s Formation for Man United the answer?For quite a while now, Chelsea has been banking on their ‘Defend in Numbers’ policy, coupled up with a 5-4-1 formatrion. The only problem with is that, Mourinho being a Chelsea defector, knows the very weaknesses of this approach. So when Man U cooked up some weird formation, in line with Mourinho’s advice, Antonio Conte’s men couldn’t predict what was coming to them.
Mourinho employed such an unconventional formation in this particular game; so strange that some of the biggest names in the industry (football analysts) couldn’t comprehend how Man United was organized. After long hours of replays and analysis, that’s when the crew noted how Mourinho had organized his pawns. Initially, the analysts were second guessing on a 5-2-2-1 formation, but this was not the answer.After watching the replay you will realize that Manchester United’s back consisted of a four-man defense, with Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Eric Bailly in position. Fellaini and Paul Pogba played very specific roles in the centre midfield, while Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young remained right behind them as wing backs.
Nobody could liquidate Chelsea’s defense team so easily than the swift and flexible Marcus Rashford and there Marcus remained as the main striker. Mourinho also placed Jesse Lingard at the forwards to reinforce his striker unit.
Occasionally, Darmian and Herrera could be seen leaving their defensive positions for the wings, so that they would frequently block strikes from Chelsea’s wingers Hazard and Pedro. This explains why Chelsea couldn’t afford even a single shot on target. As a recompense for their premeditated formation, Jose Mourinho’s men took home a 2-0 win.