Chelsea Winger Willian Set To Reunite With Ex Blues Boss José Mourinho At Manchester United

Chelsea Winger Willian Set To Reunite With Ex Blues Boss José Mourinho At Manchester United
Nov 28, 2016

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As José Mourinho’s United continue to struggle, it’s no wonder transfer rumours are flying around as to who the the two time Champions League winner might sign in January. You wouldn’t think Jose would be looking back at his old club Chelsea for players, considering how much the squad rebelled against him, eventually getting him the sack with the Blues sat 15th in the league. However, there was one stand out player during that first half of the campaign who showed loyalty and courage to Jose and now the Portuguese might repay that favour, with the Chelsea player now on the outskirts of Conte’s new look team.

Willian was a stand out player last year, scoring numerous free kicks which aided Chelsea most frequently in the Champions League. With Conte’s 3-4-3 formation, wingers have more license to roam upfront, no longer having the burden of tracking back as much as seen when they used a 4-2-3-1 formation in order to help the full backs. With an extra centre back covering Victor Moses, who now occupies that right wing back role, Pedro has been able to stay forward more often and seems to be reaping the rewards. His fine goal against Tottenham on Saturday evening summed up the Spaniards new found confidence. So with Willian on the sidelines and seemingly out of favour with Conte, could a move away from West London be on the cards? Willian was a favourite for Jose, as mentioned his work rate meant he was more favourable than Pedro and Juan Cuadrado whilst Jose was manager at Stamford Bridge. Conte deems Pedro more effective than Willian when linking up with his fellow Spaniard Diego Costa and with a reported fee of £25 million, this fee seems reasonable for United, some even calling it a bargain considering what some average players go for nowadays.

But why would United go for him? On the right hand side of the Manchester United team are several players who, on their day, are just as good and probably even better than Willian. Rashford can play on the right hand side and Lingard is another youngster who seems to develop with each game in that role. By bringing in Willian, Jose would be hindering the progression of more youngsters which is an attribute he wants to remove as soon as possible. Moreover, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is better than Willian as shown by his time in the Bundesliga with Dortmund. Last season, the Armenian was at the top of charts for assists notching up an impressive 16 whilst scoring 11 times. If Jose does decide to finally give the man a deserved run of games and use his talents fully, United have a class player on the right hand side. Finally, if Rooney plays as the number 10 behind Ibrahimovic, Juan Mata can also take that role on the right hand side of midfield as done previously this season. However, underneath all these positives lies a vulnerability which Willian could fix.

The reports that Memphis Depay is leaving in January adds to the need for reinforcements on the wing and Mkhitaryan will leave at the end of the season if this stubbornness from Jose continues. Jose has alienated wingers before like Schurrle and Cuadrado at Chelsea, hardly playing them even if other wingers needed a rest. Cuadrado moved to the Blues in January 2015 and then went on loan in the summer that year, such was the way Jose pushed him out. A similar process seems to be occurring with Mkhitaryan too, meaning United might need a winger to replace him, with Willian a possibility as Conte continues to select Pedro. Above all, Mata as looks better as a CAM than Rooney does so that only leaves Rashford and Lingard on the right, which Jose might feel isn’t strong enough to push for the title come the end of the season. Will Conte however part with a player who he’ll need for rotation next year as Chelsea look set for European football again? Only time will tell but as days go on, this transfer seems to be only gaining more momentum.




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