Manchester United defeated Middlesbrough to climb up to the fifth spot on the league with a 3-1 win at the Riverside Stadium yesterday.
Although the result secured United three crucial points before the international break sets in, it is the way Jose Mourinho made his men play that has drawn a lot of attention from baffled fans.
The manager began with the game with a defensive line up consisting of Jones, Smalling and Bailly, with Young and Valencia playing as fullbacks.
Seven minutes after Lingard scored United’s second goal in the 62nd minute, defender Marcos Rojo was sent into the game for midfielder Juan Mata.
Boro’s goal in the 77th minute prompted Mourinho to make an attacking change by substituting Lingard with Martial, but the game only became more and more defensive with every passing minute.
With a victory looming over the horizon after Valencia’s 93rd minute goal, Mourinho completed United’s ultra-defensive 7-2-1 formation with the addition of Darmian for striker Rashford.