Wigan Friendly Gave Us a Glimpse into the Mind of Mour

By Dawson, Rob | Manchester Evening News, July 19, 2016 | Go to article overview

Wigan Friendly Gave Us a Glimpse into the Mind of Mour


Dawson, Rob, Manchester Evening News


JOSE Mourinho took charge of a United team for the first time on Saturday.

The 2-0 win over Wigan was a comfortable start to his reign at Old Trafford after goals from Will Keane and Andreas Pereira.

It gave United's new manager some valuable pointers ahead of the pre-season tour of China and games against Borussia Dortmund and City.

And he also gave the 5,500 fans who turned up at the DW Stadium one or two hints about where he sees some of his squad playing next season...

DALEY BLIND AFTER a year at centre-back under Louis van Gaal, Daley Blind was listed with the midfielders on the back of the programme at Wigan.

But at kick-off, the Dutchman was lining up in the centre of defence alongside new signing Eric Bailly.

It was a surprise because he doesn't fit the mould of Mourinho's usual centre-halves. He started the second half at left-back after Luke Shaw had gone off suggesting United's new manager is keen on the 26-year-old's versatility despite his preference for 'specialists'.

TIMOTHY FOSU-MENSAH THE Dutchman played at right-back, centre- back and in midfield last season. But Mourinho hinted he sees the 18- year-old's immediate future at full-back by starting him at right- back against Wigan.

With doubts over Matteo Darmian's future, there is a chance for Fosu-Mensah to become a firstteam regular next season.

Antonio Valencia LIKE Blind, Antonio Valencia was converted into a full-time defender under Louis van Gaal. And when it came time to make his first appearance under Mourinho at the DW Stadium, it was at right-back. …

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