Sarri has come under fire for his tactics in recent weeks, with Chelsea currently experiencing a startling dip in form.
Supporters have turned on the boss and his signature style of play, with chants of ‘f**k Sarri-ball’ and ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ ringing out at Stamford Bridge during Monday’s 2-0 defeat to United.
And Melchiot concedes that may happen unless Sarri changes his approach.
Speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former centre-back said of Kante and Hazard: “If you play players out of their position, you’re taking away their happiness and when their happiness goes, players are going to start looking at somewhere else.
“Kante is happy doing the job he’s good at, but now Sarri is making him go forward.
“His strength is breaking up play and winning the ball back, and that allows other Chelsea players to take more risks because they have that security of Kante being behind them. That security is gone now and if they lose the ball, their opponents come straight at them.
“It’s the same with Hazard – if you want to keep hold of your star players you have to make them feel good about what they’re doing.
“Sarri has started to complain that he dribbles too much with the ball, but what do you want? That’s his ability and there is no player who wants to play against him. When he does that.
“If you do not want him to dribble, if you want him to play one-touch instead, he should not be in your team.”
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Former Manchester United star Lee Sharpe, who co-hosted Tuesday’s Sports Breakfast, agrees.
He believes this summer could be the transfer window when Hazard finally leaves the Blues, with Sarri essentially making the decision for him.
“I think he’s got his heart set on going to Real Madrid,” Sharpe added.
“The rumours have been going on that long, I think this could be the season he goes.
“That’s probably why he’s putting in a shift at the moment, he’s got a carrot dangling in front him now that he’s got somewhere decent to go.”
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Chants of ‘f**k Sarri-ball’ and ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ were heard from the home stands, and when United supporters sung ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’, some Chelsea fans even joined in.
Mr Brazil was in the commentary box for talkSPORT for Monday night’s game, and he said on Tuesday’s Sports Breakfast: “I was there, and fans were howling, they were booing – they wanted to see [Olivier] Giroud or [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, they wanted to see a Plan B.
“The Chelsea players gave their all, in the first half they were very good, but Sarri wouldn’t change it.”
Sharpe said: “I can understand the fans’ frustration when you’ve got Giroud and Hudson-Odoi on the bench. He is trying to get away and Chelsea want to keep him, but they still won’t play him!
“At the moment it looks like if you stop Eden Hazard, you stop Chelsea. They don’t seem to have a Plan B. When you’re 2-0 down and you’re bringing on a full-back for a full-back, it doesn’t show a lot of ambition.”
“He is stubborn, Sarri is very, very stubborn,” Brazil added.
“Is that it, time up? Do you think the owners will decide it’s not working?”
“They were talking about bigger names and more experienced coaches, but I don’t think anybody could have come in and done any better.
“He’s been absolutely phenomenal. He’s done exactly what was needed. The club needed a breath of fresh air, needed someone to give the players a big cuddle, tell them they are good players, make them happy and make them play with a smile on their faces and that’s exactly what he has done.
“The forward players at the club are immensely talented and if you give them a bit of a free rein and a bit of organisation they’ll score goals and win you games.
“With the way he’s started, it would be very difficult not to give it to him. I don’t see anybody else you could bring in.
“He knows the club inside out. Somebody else would have to be given time to settle in and understand the club and get their message across to the players – but he’s already done that.
“I don’t think you could pick anybody better for the job.”
“Nobody could have come in and done any better than Solskjaer.”
“We talk about the United way. There’s nobody better for the job than him.”
Former Manchester United star Lee Sharpe has revealed that, while Roy Keane was a ‘psychopath’ on the pitch, he was actually a lot less serious than people might think.
The pair were team-mates at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson in the 1990s and enjoyed great success together.
And despite Keane’s reputation as an uncompromising, no-nonsense character – Sharpe claims there is a side to the Irishman not many people are aware of.
“I went out drinking with him from time to time, sat next to him at the training ground, and a lot of people don’t realise Keane was one of the funniest players in the dressing room,” Sharpe told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“He loved a laugh and a joke. Some of his jokes were a little bit cutting to some people, but that was by-the-by.
“Then once he crossed the white line, he was an absolute psychopath. His nickname in the dressing room was ‘schizo’, which probably sums him up.
“I’ve never had a fall out with him. I love him to bits. He was just a monster to have in your team.”
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And Keane isn’t the only misunderstood character in United folk law – Sharpe’s experiences of the iconic Eric Cantona are not what you might expect either.
The Frenchman often journeyed between the brilliant and the bizarre, scoring magical goals but never shying away from controversy.
He infamously kung-foo kicked a Crystal Palace fan at Selhurst Park, but Sharpe insists the incident was out-of-character.
He added: “Eric came to the club with the reputation of being a bit of a troublesome soul.
“We didn’t see a lot of that. He was one of the boys, came on lads’ days out, laughed and joked in the dressing room.
“He never caused any problems until we got to Selhurst Park and the Crystal Palace day. That was a pretty special one.
“We used to say he was Fergie’s long-lost love child.”
Manchester United legend Lee Sharpe believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must prove he can beat the big teams before he becomes a genuine candidate for the permanent job at Old Trafford.
The interim boss has recorded the best start by a Red Devils manager since Matt Busby after winning all five of his opening games in charge.
But the fixtures have been undoubtedly kind, and United’s trip to Tottenham on Sunday will present the first big test of Solskjaer’s managerial credentials.
Nonetheless, former United winger Sharpe, who spent eight years with the Red Devils, believes there is no reason why Solskjaer should not get the permanent job if these results continue against the top six.
When asked whether the Norwegian has a chance of staying in the hot seat, Sharpe told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I think he has.
“The game’s he’s played already, you would expect the club to win. This is his first big test.
“I think it’s games like Sunday that will define whether he gets it or not.
“If he can be tactically aware, get good performances and results against the big boys, I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t get the job.”
United’s season was in tatters when Solskjaer took over, but after such a remarkable recovery, their hopes of at least finishing in the Champions League spots have been reignited.
Six points currently separates them from Chelsea in fourth, and Sharpe says United have a genuine chance of overtaking their rivals.
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“It’s going to be very difficult because I think the teams above them are quite consistent.
“But these gaps have been made up before by Manchester United.
“There’s a long, long way to go and when they get on a roll and start moving, anything can happen.
“I think it will be very difficult, but I think they can.”
The 20-time league champions currently sit sixth in the table, 19 points adrift of Liverpool at top of the table and 11 off the top four.
The Portuguese’s exit is of little surprise given the drama surrounding Old Trafford this season, with poor performances, the boss publicly criticising a number of his players and reports of numerous bust-ups in the dressing room.
And Sharpe admits the majority of the playing squad are probably glad to see the back of the boss.
“It doesn’t really surprise me,” the former United winger told talkSPORT on Tuesday.
“I thought they were going to wait until the end of the season, but things have become a little bit toxic and the performances have not improved.
“Mourinho has looked like a man who didn’t want to be in the job, he hasn’t enjoyed himself this season and he had to be shown the door.
“I think the dressing room will be half-and-half. Some of the players probably like him and are a bit gutted he’s gone, but other players who have not got on with him and have had ruckuses with him are probably glad to see the back of him.
“I don’t think Mourinho is the best manager in the world to play for, he likes to kill games before he likes to go out and win them.
“He’s slated a number of players in public, so there are probably more who are pleased to see him go than not.”
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Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe believes Jose Mourinho’s style of football is outdated and ineffective, suggesting the ‘Special One’ has been left behind by rival coaches Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
Many have pointed the finger at United’s players for their poor start to the campaign, but Sharpe believes the manager is struggling to get the best out of the wealth of creative talent at his disposal at the club, and that his trademark defensive style just isn’t suited to the modern game anymore.
“The thing with Mourinho is his football has always been on the defensive side,” the ex-United star said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“When he was at Chelsea he was very defensive and he liked to play two holding midfielders, and it was good in the era that he was successful at Chelsea.
“But now Guardiola and Klopp have come in and shown that high-tempo, high-pressing, quick-passing and quick-moving football is more successful, and I think Mourinho is struggling with his creativeness.
“He’s got some unbelievable forward-thinking, attacking players in his team and he doesn’t seem to get the best out of them.
“They’re not creating enough chances, they’re not scoring enough goals and they’re giving too many goals away – that’s never going to win you anything.
“Alexis Sanchez was unbelievable at Arsenal, Marcus Rashford has been fantastic but only plays bit parts of games and comes in and out. Anthony Martial is the same, he’ll play a couple of games and then get left out for a couple and that makes it really hard to get any consistency going.
“He’s not getting the best out of his players, there’s a lack of confidence in the squad and there’s an upset in there because of the Pogba situation.
“It’s just a bit messy and unsavoury at the moment.”
Sharpe has also suggested that ‘unsavoury’ mood in the Old Trafford camp would have been avoided under former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former England international admitted his surprise and concern at how public Mourinho has been with some of his criticism of certain players during his tenure.
He added: “Everything has always been done in-house there. If there was a problem between the manager and the player it would have been done in the manager’s office.
“Players being called out for individual poor performances and things that are going wrong off the pitch, that’s a big thing. That’s never happened before at the club.
“I’m sure Sir Alex Ferguson went through spells where results weren’t going well and players weren’t happy, that sort of thing goes on at every football club, but it’s how it’s dealt with and how it’s managed.
“One of the things all the players respected Sir Alex Ferguson for was that everything was kept in house. Nothing was leaked to the press or came out in the public, it was all dealt with in his office or in the dressing room.
“He kept things as private as he could, and that doesn’t seem to be happening at the club at the moment.”
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“If you’re out of that top four it’s so massive for these clubs these days that you just can’t afford to let it happen.
“If they don’t do anything this week and the results keep going the way they have been going, then a change has to be made sooner rather than later.
“Their performances, although they have won a couple, they haven’t been that great going forward and they haven’t looked that impressive.
“When you look at the likes of City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea, all their rivals are playing quick, high-tempo football and scoring goals, but United are just struggling over the line with results.
“With the Derby result in the week and this one now [against West Ham], plus the thing with Pogba going on, it just heaps pressure on the manager.
“It will be interesting to see what happens over the next couple of weeks.”
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Moan-inho has been vocal in his displeasure at the club’s failure to sign his top transfer targets – bringing in just three new players this summer – and has also clashed with a number of his players, most notably Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba.
Sharpe is expecting this season to be Mourinho’s last at Old Trafford.
The former United winger revealed he has been told there is no direction from the manager within the dressing room, and said he would be keen for World Cup-winning legend Zidane to take charge of the club.
“Mourinho is on trial again,” Sharpe said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“He’s never looked happy since he’s been at the club.
“There just seems to be no plan at Man United. Nobody seems to know where they should be going and what they should be doing.
“I’ve heard a little whisper to say the manager is not really giving them a lot of instruction before games. He’s just picking the team and letting them get on with it.
“It seems to me that he hasn’t got the players in that he wanted this summner, and he’s gone into a bit of a sulk. He’s just let the players crack on and do their own thing.
“When you’re moping around, moaning about who you haven’t been able to sign and about the lack of players you have, instead of bigging up the players you already have and filling them with confidence, I don’t think it’s good for team morale.”
Zidane has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, with recent reports claiming the former France star is keen to take his career to the Premier League after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season.
Asked about the links, Sharpe added: “I think Zidane would be the ideal candidate.
“He’s played at the highest level, managed at the highest level and has been successful at both.
“He’s a big enough name who could cope with the pressure and the questions asked of managing a club of that size so I think he would be ideal.”
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