The formation at the end of Boro game shows Man Utd are adapting to Jose Mourinho’s style of grinding out results (Photo)

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.

A true sign of how Mourinho is instilling the dogged mentality in the squad. Check out United’s formation at the end of the game –




1 thought on “The formation at the end of Boro game shows Man Utd are adapting to Jose Mourinho’s style of grinding out results (Photo)”

  1. What a crazy formation? Let’s hope it’s because there are no wingers. Hope mourinho’ll get attacking wingers to end this defensive madness

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