Martin Keown names problem with Jose Mourinho at Man United

The Arsenal legend believes Jose Mourinho stifles Manchester United's attacking instincts

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Martin Keown has accused Jose Mourinho of preventing his Manchester United players from expressing themselves.

The Red Devils boss has attracted criticism over the past couple of weeks after Manchester United adopted a conservative approach at Anfield.

The 20-time English champions showed limited attacking adventure in a goalless draw with Liverpool despite the Merseyside outfit’s well-documented defensive problems.

Manchester United’s stalemate appeared to curtail their attacking momentum and the Red Devils suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to promoted side Huddersfield Town last month.

Mourinho’s side were 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford after second-half substitute Anthony Martial rescued three points with his goal in the 81st minute.

Manchester United have only scored seven goals in their last six games in all competitions in the absence of club-record signing Paul Pogba.

Former Arsenal defender Keown suggested that Mourinho has stifled the attacking instincts of some of Manchester United’s attackers.

“The problem with United is that Mourinho holds his players back,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“You watch a team like Manchester City with awe as every player is able to express themselves. You cannot say the same about United.”

Manchester United will make the trip to defending Premier League champions Chelsea in the English top flight at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson led the club to their 13th top-flight crown under his management in 2013.

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