Moody Mourinho cranks up pressure on Man United

Mae Harvey
November 27, 2018

Manchester United will return to Champions League action on Tuesday night when they host Young Boys at Old Trafford. Mark O'Haire highlights the best value bets.

Lindelof sustained a muscle injury on global duty with Sweden but played through the pain in Saturday's goalless draw at home to Crystal Palace in the Premier League. I want to play this game like a knockout game, like we have to win.

Mourinho is targeting a place in the top four and a spot in the round of 16 of the Champions League before the end of December but he admits he is facing some hard decisions ahead of the meeting with the Swiss champions. For me it was a pleasure, even against Manchester City where we didn't recover from the 2-0.

A rehabilitated relationship with Mourinho is key to that, but the manager recently suggested that the left-back, along with Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, did not have the character or personality to compete at the highest level.

"And the idea of signing a young player who turns into a top talent is appealing to him, but Mourinho's calculation is that is not what the club needs at present".

Lukaku and Sanchez have scored just five league goals between them in United's first 13 domestic outings this term, with United's senior attackers generally failing to live up to the club's heavy investment in their recruitment. And although they're on the verge of reaching the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, it is largely thanks to an improbable away win at Juventus where they rode their luck big time. He played in the national team against Russian Federation last week.

Victory would blast away some of the gathering clouds around Old Trafford after such an underwhelming display at the weekend.

Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to make a move to sign Marko Arnautovic from West Ham United in the January transfer window, according to reports in the British media.

"Obviously that's what we need to do". Nevertheless, the away side have little to lose and will want to put on a competitive performance. Therefore, it's best to overlook the Red Devils in handicap or match victor markets here.

On Saturday, supporters watched a dismal 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.

The Eagles had their opportunities at Old Trafford and a forward-thinking Young Boys side should fancy their prospects of causing United problems on Tuesday evening.

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