Brilliant clip of Manchester United in 2012 shows what Jose Mourinho's team needs

Manchester United Training and Press Conference

Manchester United just haven't looked themselves under Jose Mourinho this season.

Supporters had feared the self-proclaimed 'Special One' would suffer from his supposed third season syndrome and the early signs aren't looking good at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils find themselves a lowly tenth in the Premier League standings, there are rumours of a bust-up with Paul Pogba and questions are being asked about Mourinho's suitability for the job.

And after the disappointing defeat to West Ham United over the weekend, Mourinho appeared before the press on Monday and gave his verdict on the current situation at the club.

"What I can do to improve things I do, and I will improve the things that depend on me and my work," Mourinho told the press ahead of the Champions League game with Valencia.

Man Utd struggling this season

"Every player is different, no player is the same. I see different actions but what you see is not really inside. I see upset people, some people that don't look like they lost a game.

"I see so-so but in the little two sessions of training we had [since Saturday] everything was normal, desire to work and play."

After the West Ham performance, something Mourinho could really do with instilling is a fresh sense of desire with United players looking tepid during key moments at the London Stadium.

Manchester United Training Session

Brilliant clip emerges from 2012-13

Fans are hungry for players to show the kind of determination that was so prevalent during the Sir Alex Ferguson era to try and turn things around.

That very feeling has led to the re-emergance of a clip from Ferguson's last season at the club that appears to demonstrate exactly what Mourinho's team needs right now.

It's been shared across the club's Reddit page and, frankly, it's really quite something.

Check out the video below and see one of the finest examples of United's brilliantly aggressive football under their great manager.

Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is desire.

In the space of 30 seconds, the Red Devils thwart Wigan Athletic on no less than five occasions with some heroic sliding tackles in the final third.

That included a brilliant run from Javier Hernandez to put in two crucial challenges on the edge of his own penalty area.

And by the end of the video, United had won themselves a free-kick with the one copycat tackle from the Wigan team resulting in the first stoppage of the entire phase of play.


Although crunching tackles don't necessarily translate into desire and effective play, it should serve as inspiration for the United players as their season hangs in the balance.

The next few games could decide their status in European football, the future of numerous players and who stands in the dug-out when the season finishes.

And just a few extra ounces of effort could change everything.

Where do you think United will finish this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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