Gary Neville has claimed that the Manchester United side that Jose Mourinho selected to face Chelsea was ‘too attacking’.
Mourinho is known to often instruct his side’s to adopt a defensive approach in away games against big teams, but the United boss named a bold lineup for his latest return to Stamford Bridge.
Juan Mata started with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in midfield, while the attacking triumvirate was comprised of Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: ‘It’s attacking. You could even argue too attacking. People still say now Jose Mourinho he parks the bus.
‘Forget it, he doesn’t, not any more at Manchester United he hasn’t done it for 18 months.
‘In fact I would say sometimes it’s a reckless approach away from home, even at home.
‘The Tottenham game this season, Arsenal and Tottenham away last season. City, all big games where there’ve been goals, they’ve been open. And I have to say it’s a different approach he’s used historically when he’s been manager of Chelsea.’
United went into the game against Chelsea having secured an impressive comeback victory at home to Newcastle.
However, prior to that Mourinho’s side had gone four games without a victory in all competitions and had struggled in attack.
Despite the win against Newcastle, Mourinho’s future remains under much scrutiny as he looks to prove that he is still the right man for the job.
Prior to the game United were in eighth place in the table, some seven points adrift of Chelsea, which perhaps influenced Mourinho’s decision to go all out for three points rather than attempting to secure one.
Mourinho also named Alexis Sanchez, who scored the winner against Newcastle, on the bench as a possible option to influence the game in the second half.