Jose Mourinho, former Manchester United boss turned tonight’s manager in the opposition dugout, has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad rotation policy for their game in the Europa League against Astana saying that the move would make sure that major Manchester United players are well-rested.
Earlier, Ole had decided to field a young side against the Europa League opponent as Man Utd have already qualified for the next stage of the European competition.
It has been a disastrous start of the season for both Tottenham and Manchester United, however, Spurs seems to be getting back to their winning ways after Jose Mourinho has taken the charge at the White Hart Lane.
Big game, two historical clubs, always a big game and we are both involved in let’s say a difficult situation because we want more, we want better, Mourinho said.
I believe it’s the same with them and it will be a good game in a moment where there are lots of matches. It’s the same for everybody.
They were clever in that they were already qualified in the Europa League, so they rested all their players in the game at Astana (last week), so they have one less game than us but that’s football.
Of course, it will be a difficult match for us, but also a difficult match for them.
United’s counter-attacking style is more suited to playing teams higher up the Premier League table. Mourinho highlighted how dangerous Solskjaer’s side could be if Spurs dominate the possession.
You look to their results against the top teams and they tell you everything, he added.
They beat Chelsea twice, home and away (Premier League/League Cup). They are the team who was closest to beating Liverpool, Liverpool drew (1-1) in the last minute. They beat Leicester, drew against Arsenal.
Against the top teams, they have very good results. I think it’s more difficult for them to play against the other teams where they need a different approach.
But against the top teams, they know how to play, they are very dangerous, they have creative, fast, attacking players. It’s going to be a difficult match.
However, Mourinho insisted he will not sit back and make drastic changes to his recent exciting clashes.