1 October 2017
By Ikenna Amadi
Former Netherlands manager, Danny Blind, has revealed that Jose Mourinho has a select six in the current United set-up who look undroppable at the moment.
With a good number of these six stars in the fold, United stretched their unbeaten start to the season to 10 games on Saturday with a 4 – 0 victory over Crystal Palace.
The Red Devils have now emerged victorious by that scoreline in Premier League fixtures on four occasions, while also making positive progress in the Champions League and Carabao Cup.
Much of that success has been achieved with a core group of players, with Mourinho having picked his favourites and moulded his team around them.
Speaking to Ziggo Sports, Danny Blind, father of United’s Daley Blind, named the chosen six as follows: “They are David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, who is currently injured, Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
“For Mourinho, that is the frame of his side. Valencia is also his captain. Around these six
chosen ones, he keeps changing the players.
“Sometimes he makes a choice between Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial. Sometimes it is [Daley] Blind or Ashley Young or, rarely, Matteo Darmian.”
Mourinho’s faith in his key men has been rewarded, with summer signings Matic and
Lukaku having slipped seamlessly into the fold.
United’s £75 million striker has netted 11 times in 10 appearances, but Blind believes Armenian playmaker, Mkhitaryan, is the man who makes the Red Devils tick.
“People talk about Lukaku, who gets a lot of goals. But you need a player who provides all the assists, who feeds the big goal scorer.
“He [Mkhitaryan] is so important for United. He keeps the tempo in the game, he is deadly with his one touch football near the box and he always has an eye for every situation in front of goal.”
United have entered the international break level on points with arch-rivals Manchester City who are, however, edging the Old Trafford team on just a goal difference.