José Mourinho criticises Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactics


Dan Burke

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If you’d been fired from a job for your dour tactics just four months ago, you’d probably keep your head down and your mouth shut for a little while.

But José Mourinho is not like you.

Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United in December and replaced in the Old Trafford hot-seat by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But after United were beaten 3-0 by Barcelona in mid-week, the Portuguese has offered a stinging critique of the tactics deployed by Solskjaer at Camp Nou.

Specifically, he reckons the Red Devils didn’t do enough to contain Lionel Messi on the night.

“Messi’s position is easy to understand but it is not easy to create a cage to control him,” Mourinho told Russia Today.

“He comes from the right, then stays in the middle, then [Ivan] Rakitić goes right and allows him to stay in the middle. It’s very difficult.

“Manchester United in the first match, zonally they occupied that area very well – but I think in this match that they started with a different perspective.

“In front of the defensive line was only Fred. That’s the area that Messi comes to get the ball and when Messi has the ball… one, one, one…you are dead.

“That’s why I never liked individual man-on-man against Messi. Messi’s a cage, you have to create a cage.

“But Barcelona is Barcelona, they have better players than Manchester United and I think it’s normal they won.”

He’s a cheeky sod, but he makes some interesting points doesn’t he?