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Mourinho believes Nigeria played Mikel out of position in Croatia's game

Mourinho believes Nigeria played Mikel out of position in Croatia's game

- Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho believes Mikel Obi was played out of position in Nigeria's 2-0 defeat to Croatia

- The Portuguese born manager claims the 31-year-old is better off as a defensive - a role he played for over a decade at Chelsea

- Nigeria will battle Iceland in their next Group D encounter and will hope they to win the game to stand a chance of progressing to the next phase

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has faulted the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr for fielding John Mikel Obi at an advanced position against Croatia last weekend.

Nigeria got their 2018 FIFA World Cup opening campaign to a losing start on Saturday, June 16 - with Oghenekaro Etebo and Luka Modric scoring the goals that powered the Croats to victory in that encounter.

Mikel functioned well as a defensive midfielder during his 11-year reign at Chelsea, and the Portuguese tactician believes the 31-year-old was played out of position.

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The Tianjin Teda striker was the player rightly behind striker Odion Ighalo, and Mourinho, who is a pundit on the Russian TV station RT, said that: "Nigeria lost a good No.6 to get a bad No.10."

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The Super Eagles, who have failed to advance the two previous times they lost their opening games, face Iceland on Friday needing a win to keep hope alive. previously reported that Jose Mourinho says he will "fight" other coaches for the chance to sign Real Madrid's £85 million star Gareth Bale.

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Bale has fallen out of favour at Real under Zinedine Zidane as injuries have taken their toll on the pacy winger.

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Ahead of United's clash with Real in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday, August 8, Mourinho says he will look to sign the player if he does not make Zidane's starting line-up in Skopje.

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