Three Man United players who can improve under Jose Mourinho
Kieran Beckles looks at three players who can improve under new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
The England left-back made his return to first-team action against Wigan Athletic at the weekend after a long spell on the sidelines following a leg break. Signed under Louis van Gaal in 2014, the boyhood Chelsea fan has the chance to work with one of the west London side’s greatest managers. Expect Jose Mourinho to improve Shaw’s discipline and tactical awareness. Having worked with great full-backs such as Ashley Cole, Javier Zanetti and Marcelo, the United manager should have some good advice to pass onto the 21-year-old.
What will Mourinho do with Wayne Rooney? That was the question posed by many United supporters following his appointment. However, speaking in China this week, the Portuguese coach was emphatic in his support of the club captain. The 30-year-old is part of his plans despite speculation. Mourinho has already confirmed that the England star will be ditching his experiment in midfield, too. Given the United manager attempted to sign Rooney in 2013, Mourinho must have an idea of how he wants to utilise his skipper.
Mourinho loves big, strong physical defenders. Ricardo Carvalho, Branislav Ivanovic, Pepe, Marco Materazzi are just a few to have thrived under the Portuguese coach. Timothy Fosu-Mensah showed enough in his eight appearances last season to suggest that he has real talent. Unlike Matteo Darmian who has proven to be something of a flimsy defender and Marcos Rojo who is fragile to put it kindly, the Dutch prospect is powerful and self-assured. Mourinho feels like he has a point to prove in terms of giving youngsters a chance and Fosu-Mensah could be the poster boy in his campaign to prove his detractors wrong.