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Ander Herrera is playing centre-back and nobody knows if Jose Mourinho is a genius or has lost the plot

Jose Mourinho is up to his old tricks once again

We can’t remember him playing there before.

Jose Mourinho is already a man under pressure after United’s lacklustre showing in the defeat to Brighton last weekend.

In response to the poor performance from his side, the Portuguese manager has made a host of changes for the clash against Spurs, both in personnel and system.

Third season syndrome

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Third season syndrome

The most surprising tactical move from Mourinho has seen Ander Herrera move to central defence as part of a back three.

I know, we don’t get it either…

The Spaniard, who is usually deployed as a tenacious defensive midfielder, has slotted in alongside Chris Smalling and Phil Jones at the heart of United’s defence.

The diminutive midfielder isn’t exactly a conventional centre-back

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The diminutive midfielder isn’t exactly a conventional centre-back

The rumours before kick-off had been that Nemanja Matic could be the one who became a makeshift defender.

Mourinho has hoodwinked us all however.

He’s probably better than Smalling, to be fair

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He’s probably better than Smalling, to be fair

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Herrera has already picked up a yellow card for his troubles after a late challenge on Lucas Moura.

It remains to be seen whether the Spaniard will last the full 90-minutes in that position.

Not the best of starts

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Not the best of starts

Mourinho could well change things once more in-game and move Herrera back to his usual midfield position.

If it pays off, he will be heralded as a tactical genius.

If it fails however, Mourinho’s head is back on the managerial chopping-block.

Fans don’t know what to make of the tactical decision…

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