The Red Devils returned to winning ways in the Premier League at the weekend, clinching a 1-0 victory over Tottenham to remain second in the table and five points behind Manchester City.
But Nicholas believes the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss still has reservations about a number of players in his squad, particularly Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and summer signing Victor Lindelof.
‘I don’t think he trusts his defenders,’ ex-Gunner Nicholas, who also enjoyed spells at Celtic and Aberdeen, said on Sky Sports’ The Debate Show.
‘How many times have we had this discussion? Ever since Mourinho got there, he doesn’t trust Smalling.
‘I don’t think he’s convinced Jones is his man as he’s not sure whether he’s physically adaptable. He probably think he’s a bit too rash. As we know, Lindelof has had an almighty struggle.
‘Bailly has been the one – he’s a bit raw. And then he brings in Young all of a sudden and you start to get confused.
‘That’s what Mourinho does and you are left scratching your head.’
Manchester United 2017/18 Fixtures
Benfica (H) – Tue 31 Oct (Champions League)
Chelsea (A) – Sun 5 Nov
Newcastle United (H) – Sat 18 Nov
Basel (A) – Wed 22 Nov (Champions League)
Brighton (H) – Sat 25 Nov
Watford (A) – Tue 28 Nov
Mourinho has been without Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly since October’s international break and has also been unable to call upon Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo.
Pogba suffered a hamstring injury earlier in the season and Mourinho has ‘no idea’ when the Frenchman will be able to return, although Rojo has made progress as he bids to make himself available for selection.
Asked about Pogba’s situation following Saturday’s victory over Spurs, Mourinho said: ‘Again, I have no idea. Honestly, I have no idea.
‘I am not in control of his recovering process. He is not training with me.’
He added: ‘He [Pogba] is on individual work, and when a player is on individual work and not in my group, even under certain conditions, for example Marcos Rojo is working with me under certain conditions, but he’s working with me, so I would expect Marcos Rojo to be ready to play after the international break.
‘I can predict that because he’s training with me. So Pogba, I have no idea.’
United welcome Benfica to Old Trafford in the Champions League on Tuesday night before taking on Antonio Conte’s Chelsea next weekend.
Published at Mon, 30 Oct 2017 08:15:00 +0000