Jose Mourinho might be trying out a new system for Manchester United’s trip to Chelsea in the FA Cup quarterfinals, as he lined the team up in what seemed like a 3-5-2 formation.
Manchester United were humiliated 4-0 during Mourinho’s first visit with the Red Devils since he was sacked by Chelsea, and the Portuguese might not want a repeat of that.
In their Europa League game against Rostov on Thursday night, Manchester United played with a 3 at the back system as they were held 1-1 by the Russian club.
Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling were his three centre-backs while Daley Blind and Ashley Young played as wing-backs.
Speaking after the game against Rostov, United’s boss Jose Mourinho revealed that he was satisfied with what he saw from the change in formation.
“I think it worked very well,” he told BT Sport. “The only problem was the goal, because I think playing against these two strikers you are always in control, I had a feeling in the first-half that everything was completely under control, I didn’t see us conceding a goal and we did it.
“But they are like this, they are very direct, they don’t use the wingers, and the ball goes to the sides, it’s just to put the ball into the box, so I think the three guys in the middle had a very positive game.”
Mourinho has stuck with his 4-2-3-1 for many years, even when he struggled with Chelsea last season, he never changed his system. Could the fear of another 4-0 loss be the beginning of wisdom for the former Chelsea boss?