Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho blasted by former star Andrei Kanchelskis ahead of derby

ANDRE KANCEHLSKIS has launched a blistering attack on Jose Mourinho ahead of the Manchester derby.

Posted Friday, December 08, 2017 by

Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho blasted by former star Andrei Kanchelskis ahead of derby
Jose Mourinho's tactics have been criticised this season

The former United winger claims Mourinho’s tactics are too defensive and reckons United would be back among the also-rans without goalkeeper David de Gea, who he says is their best player.

"Some games I am not happy watching United,” said Kanchelskis. “Mourinho plays more defensively. It is not like we played under Sir Alex Ferguson. He would never set out his team to play like that.

"We always played with two wingers – me on one side and Ryan Giggs on the other - and we won many titles. Now it is City who play with wingers and they are scoring a lot of goals.

"United need wingers to service Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. If you’ve no service, it’s difficult for them to score goals.

"I also think United need some harder midfielders. When I played, we played had Paul Ince and Roy Keane.

"They were kicking everything like dogs. Nobody wanted to play in the middle against them. They were unbelievable, so strong.

"We wouldn’t worry about being defensive and could concentrate on attacking because we had those two protecting the defence.

"There would be improvisation, sometimes we would play in a different way.

"There were Eric Cantona, Giggsy, myself and Mark Hughes. Now, for me, you’re looking at only one or two good players.”

Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho blasted by former star Andrei Kanchelskis ahead of derby
Andrei Kanchelskis made 145 appearance for United between 1991-95

Kanchelskis believes second-placed United would be lost without De Gea who made a record number of saves for a Premier League game in last weekend’s win over Arsenal.

"Marcus Rashford is good but De Gea is the best player,” he added. “If not for De Gea, United would not be in second position but fifth or sixth because he is an exceptional goalkeeper. Like Peter Schmeichel, he is absolutely brilliant.”

With City holding an eight-point lead, Kanchelskis reckons it will be curtains for United if they lose on Sunday.

"If they lose it is finished,” he said. “There will be no chance. It will be 11 points – it is not possible.”

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