Mourinho's Euro woes add to pressure on Man United

Ruben Holloway
September 19, 2018

According to the report by Calciomercato, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to add more players to his team in January, and Paulo Dybala has been identified as a target.

United kick off their Champions League campaign on Wednesday night but arguably their biggest test will be the artificial pitch in Bern against the reigning Swiss champions.

But the Swiss champions' artificial pitch will take some getting used to, and was the reason why United left Antonio Valencia behind.

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"We found a certain balance in the team, especially in the competitive attitude, we are creating lots of chances, changing our profile of play, the way we attack opponents, and we find a way to protect ourselves in some specific situations".

The latter's absence could see Mourinho hand highly-rated full-back Diogo Dalot his debut, having been laid low with a knee complaint since his summer arrival from Porto.

"Everybody knows that he has a favourite surface, but he has also to win on the surfaces that he is not in love with, so we have to do it. Apart from that, we go with everything we can, and we have to try to win".

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United beat Watford and Burnley to restore some confidence.

Striker Marcus Rashford and midfielder Nemanja Matic are expected to be handed starting roles against the Switzerland side.

United have spent an eye-watering amount of money on improving their squad in the past two years and it is ironic that they are relying on a player who was tarnished by the David Moyes era.

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Rashford has only started one of Manchester United's opening five games, while the England global has come off the bench three times.

The likes of Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku seemed in a relaxed mood as they were pictured warming up before enjoying a bit of ball work at the Stade de Suisse. Fellaini may be limited but he seems to be one of the few players who knows his role under Mourinho. And that's where I'll probably sympathise with Marcus, but then you can flip back onto Marcus and say 'hold on you need to have the character to sit there and say I'm going to fight'.

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