Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jamie Redknapp insists Jose Mourinho cannot justify Manchester United’s negative tactics.

The Red Devils suffered a 1-0 loss to Premier League strugglers Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday to leave Manchester United 16 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

The 20-time English champions managed to keep pace with the Citizens in their opening seven games of the 2017-18 season before Mourinho’s side made the short trip to Anfield.

The Manchester United manager opted to adopt a conservative approach to the Premier League clash and managed to secure an unconvincing 0-0 draw with Liverpool FC.

However, the Red Devils have failed to recapture their stylish performances in the early part of the season since their dour stalemate on Merseyside.

Manchester United have lost to Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on the road in the current campaign.

Former Liverpool FC captain Redknapp criticised Mourinho’s tactics after the Manchester United boss signed a new contract earlier this month.

“Mourinho has done little to improve United’s style of play,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail.

“Gone are the early-season swashbuckling displays against the likes of West Ham, Swansea and Everton. When United have come up against a fellow top-six side, they have pulled up the handbrake.

“Mourinho cannot justify those negative tactics with results, having won just one of his nine away…

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