Manchester United draws Southampton as Jose Mourinho failed to inspire his team to victory away against Southampton last saturday.
Manchester United were affected by injury problems in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Southampton. The likes of Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly were all absent due to physical problems, while Marcos Rojo was not yet fit to start at St. Mary’s Stadium.
This left Jose Mourinho with a genuine selection headache in defence.
A similar situation back in February 2016 prompted then manager Louis van Gaal to promote Marcus Rashford from the club’s academy when United were short on attacking rather than defensive options for the Europa League encounter with Midtjylland.
The forward rewarded Van Gaal for the faith shown in him with a stellar performance as he scored twice in a 5-1 win at Old Trafford and he has since gone on to become one of the most exciting young attackers around in the game.
But Mourinho opted to ignore United’s academy and change to a 5-3-2 formation with midfielders Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay at centre-back alongside Phil Jones rather than give a hot prospect such as Lee O’Connor or Luca Ercolani a chance to show what they can do.
“We only have one fit centre back,” Mourinho told BT Sport as Manchester draws Southampton . “I would like to have Nemanja Vidic but no Vidic, only Nemanja Matic