José Mourinho should let Manchester United off the leash – but will he dare?


United showed at Crystal Palace in extremis that they are better on the front foot but their manager’s safety-first mentality is likely to hold sway at home to LiverpoolLiverpool, a lunchtime kick-off, a packed Old Trafford, the fight for second place. The scene is set on Saturday for Manchester United’s juices to flow and José Mourinho to issue a battle cry to his players that would draw on the club’s storied tradition of going for the jugular against their great rivals.Except, this is just not the Portuguese’s style. It has certainly not been since he took over at United in summer 2016. And there is a firm argument that going gung-ho and attack-first has not been Mourinho’s style for a long time. Certainly not since his first Chelsea title-winning side of 2004-5 that featured Arjen Robben and Damian Duff as flying wingmen and accumulate...

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