“I am a fan of Mourinho, but I’m not fully happy about the way he plays,” the superstar sprinter said in an interview with Yahoo Sports and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. “He plays like Louis Van Gaal, more defensive and passing. That’s not fun for us.
“We are used to Alex Ferguson, attack, attack, and counter-attack at pace. That is what we are used to, but this is different.”
Bolt was reserved in his criticism of Mourinho, saying United would be faring better if they converted more of their chances and suggesting that despite the presence of Romelu Lukaku, the club should prioritise the signing of a striker in the ongoing transfer window.
Will they ever meet?
Usain Bolt is pushing HARD for that Man Utd move. 🇯🇲 pic.twitter.com/aFCsNSzJfR
— Goal UK (@GoalUK) January 9, 2018
“I cannot say he (Mourinho) is doing bad…we just need a striker. We are creating a lot of chances, but we need a guy who is an outright striker. I feel he should find someone who is a goalscorer in the transfer window.
“He plays slow and boring football, but the guys are getting chances. If we were taking those chances, we wouldn’t be in the position we are in now.
“Lukaku is there, but he is not refined…in probably two years, he will be better. Right now, I think he is in the learning process.”
That take on his chest and the build up to his own goal.
What a way to come back roaring at your critics Lukaku.🔥 pic.twitter.com/m8KtxPcvqQ
— Kiran Ragh (@krwarrier) January 5, 2018
Bolt is good friends with United’s star midfielder Paul Pogba, and believes critics have been harsh on the Frenchman this season.
“I feel like the criticism he gets is unfair. He is making keys passes, he has had some back luck. If he gets a striker who is really good, a guy like Van Nistelrooy or Harry Kane…
“He needs a striker who has good movement in front of him and Pogba will pick the pass because he is a brilliant passer.”
Quotes taken from Usain Bolt’s interview with Yahoo Sports and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas.
Danish international Andreas Christensen’s impressive performances for Chelsea this season were rewarded on Tuesday with a new long-term contract at the Premier League champions.
The 21-year-old central defender – who has been with Chelsea since he was 15 – has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract after replacing David Luiz as a first choice central defender following some fine displays since returning to London from two seasons on loan with Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach.
“It feels really good to sign a new contract and I’m just happy to be committed to Chelsea for the future,” Christensen told the club website.
“I’ve played a lot of games (22 in all competitions), I’m enjoying it at the club and everything is working well.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said the contract was a tribute to Christensen’s performances this term.
“This contract is reward for the excellent form Andreas has shown in the first half of the season,” she said.
“He showed immense potential when he signed for Chelsea in 2012 and is now enjoying the benefits of the dedication and professionalism he has shown since.
“After two seasons on loan in Germany we were convinced he was ready to be a part of the squad this season and he has grasped the opportunity with both hands.”
Manchester United are certainly enjoying their mid-season training camp in Dubai as they look to recharge their batteries ahead of the campaign’s latter stages.
After a tough December which saw them lose even more ground in the Premier League title race to neighbours Manchester City, a break like this on the back of a hard-fought win in the FA Cup third round last Friday was just what the doctor ordered.
With the Champions League set to resume next month, United are theoretically still fighting on three fronts, and Jose Mourinho will be hoping that the UAE sun allows his players to refocus their energies.
Pogba in particular was revelling in the Dubai climate, showing off his tricks in training in a display reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo’s time at the club. The Portuguese always enjoyed putting on a show, and Pogba is seemingly in the same mould.
With the gap to City now at 15 points, second-placed United would need one of the more miraculous title comebacks in football history to end the season with the Premier League trophy in their hands, especially given Pep Guardiola’s men have yet to lose in the league this season. European glory is also unlikely, with United not considered one of the favourites in the Champions League.
But Mourinho and his charges will look to emerge from this break refreshed and ready to compete for both trophies, and push to reclaim the FA Cup after losing in last season’s quarter-finals as the then-holders of the trophy.
United return to English football action on Monday with a Premier League clash against Stoke.
*Lead image credited to Manchester United’s Instagram account.