'Surprised': Jody Morris thought Chelsea man should've played in a different position vs Manchester United

Jody Morris felt that Christian Pulisic was not used properly during 1-1 Premier League between Chelsea and Manchester United on Sunday.

Speaking to Stadium Astro after the match, Morris made a point of picking out Thomas Tuchel’s decision to use Pulisic as a wing-back rather than one of the three forwards.

The 23-year-old came off the Stamford Bridge bench yesterday for the final 12 minutes, with the scores level.

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Jadon Sancho had put United ahead, following a rare error from Jorginho.

It wasn’t long before the midfielder drew the Blues level from the penalty spot.

Michael Carrick’s team were seemingly content with holding on for a point, so all the impetuous was on Chelsea to find a winner.  

Play Pulisic further upfield

Tuchel threw caution to the wind by bringing on three offensive players for the closing quarter of an hour.

Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku and Pulisic joined the fray as substitutes, yet none could impact the tie in a positive manner for Chelsea.

The Champions League holders went extra attacking by fielding the American international at wing-back, as appose to his usual position within the front trio.

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A judgement call that was questioned by Morris.

He said: “I was a little surprised he came on as a wing-back because when you were looking for a goal, if there is anyone who’s going to get you a little tap-in in the six-yard box when there’s crosses coming in – not only are you bringing on Lukaku – I felt Pulisic could maybe have been one of those who could’ve been closer to the goal rather than at wing-back.”

Trial run did not work out

It shouldn’t come as much of a shock that Tuchel deployed Pulisic in an unconventional role.

After all, Chelsea’s truth-talking manager has said in the past he feels the USMNT star can play at wing-back.

Last night’s match was the first time the Blues boss has actually implemented the tactical switch this season.

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Unfortunately, it was a move that failed to pay off, as Pulisic struggled to sway the result.

Due to the plethora of attacking talent at his disposal, it is impossible for Tuchel to squeeze all of them into the side at once.

Sometimes, fitting a square peg into a round hole is the only alternative.   

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.