8 Players Who Would Be Ruined at Manchester United by Jose Mourinho's Tactics

To put it bluntly, some of Manchester United's performances this season have been nothing short of abysmal. The negativity around the club has been astonishing, and it all comes back to Jose Mourinho.


His tactics have been the subject of much criticism from the club's fan base, but supporters of rival clubs have been absolutely loving it.


Mourinho seems to have a habit of stifling the creativity of some of the world's best players, with the most recent example being the high-profile struggles of Paul Pogba. It appears as though no player is safe, and here are eight players who would stand no chance at Manchester United.  

8. Eden Hazard

Hazard is a perfect example of a top player failing to excel under Mourinho. The pair worked together during Mourinho's second spell at Chelsea, but Hazard was surely glad to see their relationship come to an end in 2015.


Sure, Hazard is an elite winger, but don't you think he'd make a better left back? No? Try telling Mourinho that.


Mourinho forces his wingers to work harder defensively than in attack, giving them fewer opportunities to work their magic. Hazard has proven this season that, when given ultimate creative freedom, he can compete with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to be known as the world's best player. There is no chance he'd be at this level if he was still with Mourinho.

7. Mohamed Salah

32 goals in a Premier League season is alright but, according to Squawka, Salah won just six tackles last season. Scott McTominay managed seven, so it's pretty obvious who the superior player is. 


Like Hazard, Salah also worked with Mourinho at Chelsea. However, apart from netting Chelsea's sixth in a 6-0 victory over Arsenal, his spell in London was largely forgettable. Mourinho constantly favoured the work ethic of Willian, giving Salah little chance to shine.


Fortunately for the Egyptian, he moved to Roma and began to develop into the player we see today. He was afforded immense creative freedom in Rome, just as he is in Liverpool, and the results are clear. Anthony Martial managed almost twice as many tackles as goals last year, which speaks volumes of the role of wingers under Mourinho.

6. Lionel Messi

To be successful under Mourinho, you need to impress in one of two categories. A player must either possess a phenomenal work rate, or simply stand as close to seven feet tall as possible. Lionel Messi does not fall into either of these groups.


The Argentinian does very little defensively, but makes up for it with his sublime attacking abilities. However, that would not be good enough for Mourinho, who would surely prefer to stick Marouane Fellaini up top and give his side a true target man.


If you are not prepared to defend your own penalty area, there is no point in trying under Mourinho. Sorry Lionel, but you're not quite Manchester United material.

5. Kevin De Bruyne

Could the Belgian be the elusive man to bring the best out of Paul Pogba? Not under Mourinho. 


To work alongside Pogba, a midfielder needs to be a defensive workhorse who is prepared to sit back and give Pogba the chance to terrorise defences. You know, just like De Bruyne does at Manchester City. Mourinho even sold De Bruyne whilst at Chelsea, proving just how little he rated the midfielder.


De Bruyne is certainly happy to share the spotlight with his teammates. However, if he was forbidden from playing forward passes, he would lose almost all of his creativity. Who cares about creativity though? 

4. Luka Modric

Luka Modric has enjoyed a phenomenal 2018, winning the Best FIFA Men's Player award in September. However, Mourinho tried his hardest to ruin Modric during his time at Real Madrid.


When Modric moved to Spain in 2012, Mourinho regularly played him out of position, exposing the weaknesses of the midfielder's game. As a result, he was named as the worst signing of that La Liga campaign.


Fortunately, Mourinho left the following summer and was replaced with Carlo Ancelotti, who saw Modric's obvious creative genius and utilised Modric at the heart of Madrid's play. Since then, he has been instrumental in Madrid's recent European domination. It's funny what can happen if one of the world's best creative midfielder is actually played in the right position.

3. Neymar

Neymar and Mourinho sounds like a match made in hell. The Brazilian is known to be one of the world's most exciting attackers, which is why Paris Saint-Germain were so happy to shatter the transfer record to sign him.


Obviously, Mourinho would try his hardest to ensure Neymar remained in the defensive half of the pitch as much as possible, but the pair would certainly clash off the field too, similar to the ongoing power struggle with Paul Pogba.


Neymar is certainly not one to shy away from the spotlight. Whether good or bad, his mission is to make the headlines, and this would not work for Mourinho. Mourinho does not want his players to express themselves, and a bust-up between Neymar and Mourinho could be one of the most entertaining that we have ever seen. 

2. Gerard Pique

It's not just attackers, even defenders aren't safe from Mourinho's negativity. In recent weeks, Pique has come under fire for some disappointing performances, but was given the chance to improve and played a key part in Barcelona's Champions League victory over Tottenham.


However, if Pique had put in those kinds of performances under Mourinho in Manchester, he would have surely been lambasted to the press. 


Mourinho would happily call Pique childish and lazy, before forcing him to train with the club's youth teams until he learns that mistakes are not allowed at Manchester United. 

1. Kylian Mbappe

19-year-old Kylian Mbappe is certainly one of the world's top players. Unfortunately, at just 19, Mourinho would probably not trust Mbappe to perform for the team. Talent is all well and good, but experience is the most important thing for Jose Mourinho.


He has openly admitted in an interview with France Football (as cited by Get French Football News) that he believes young players in the modern world are immature, even going as far as to call them "brats". Once Mbappe failed to track back, Mourinho would leap at the chance to blame Mbappe's weaknesses on his youth.


If he had began his career in Manchester, it is likely that the majority of the world would have never heard of Mbappe. Chances in Mourinho's side are very rare for young players, especially those who are not defensive-minded.