Manchester United have had an indifferent start to their Premier League campaign.
After winning their first three games, a lot was expected of the Red Devils, but they have since lost three and drawn three and sit in sixth place.
Jose Mourinho has challenged his players to be brave, stand up and be counted. Recently he criticised those who chose not to play through the pain barrier and he’s clearly requesting his troops fight for the shirt.
That’s exactly what the fans want, too.
However, despite challenging his squad, there is still a lot of work his side need to do after the international break.
The Portuguese boss doesn’t seem to know his best XI and the Man United XI could do with settling down.
Additionally, they haven’t yet got the best out of their superstar summer signings, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, so they need to make sure that they find a way to fit them into the team.
So, here are THREE things Man United must do after the international break…
Mourinho hasn’t settled on a first XI yet and consistently rotates his squad for Europa League and Premier League matches.
Defensively, the Red Devils have struggled with injuries but they haven’t had a settled back four all season. Whilst it started with Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly at centre-back, we’re now seeing Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones featuring, whilst Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind have replaced Luke Shaw and the injured Antonio Valencia at full-back
In terms of the midfield, Mourinho appears undecided about his defensive duo, as we’ve seen Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Blind and Marouane Fellaini all feature there, whilst up top, he also doesn’t seem to know his favourite threesome.
In the summer, Man United made Paul Pogba the most expensive footballer in history, purchasing him from Juventus for close to £90m.
However, we’re still to see the best from the Frenchman who has netted a couple of crackers and shown flashes of brilliance, but has been otherwise unspectacular.
He has been switched from a central defensive midfield role to a place in the centre of the attacking midfield trio.
If United are to improve after the international break then Pogba must start on the left of the central midfield on a consistent basis.
If United are to succeed this season they need to get the best out of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Swedish legend has just ended his six-game drought after netting twice away at Swansea but things weren’t looking good for the 35-year-old in October.
He was struggling for goals and even his normally fantastic first touch was going array.
After United’s embarrassing 4-0 defeat away at Chelsea, ‘Ibra’ was pummelled on social media for smiling whilst swapping shirts with the Blues players.
He has also been running down the channels to receive the ball, which is a waste of his ability as he doesn’t have the pace to do that.
Instead, he needs to focus on staying central and receiving the ball to feet or to his head and then United’s form and results might pick up.