Lukaku is key player for Murinho's tactics. He needs some to collect loose balls , fight for headers and break the ball to players coming from behind.
One could argue that Murinho uses this kind of style because of the players he has but i dont't think so. And i realy doubt he is going to change his tactics
IMHO the only change MU needs is to get a new coach
He is too strongminded to try something different, he constalty diminishes his players which means they don't like him and the club cannot get a decent return by selling them and he seems to be in a constant fight with the ownership.
usually i don't take the owner's side but MU gave JM freedom to spend huge amounts of money (close to 500m)
Pogda and his 100m are as good as gone
Mithrarian's 40m turned into Sanchez
38m for Baily and 35m for Lindelof are wasted since he keeps asking for CDs
Spurs the biggest challenger to City this season
Tot sure looks good but it kills me to say that Liverpool looks very good too
I disagree with your opinion, and here's why.
The players are either lazy or just inept, a manager helps set up the players in positions to succeed, not help them do stuff such as converting point blank chances (Lukaku, Sanchez, Rashford), not play hero ball and lose the ball in the midfield like a teenage ball hog (Pogba who imo should be sold immediately if Barca offer 100 million pounds or more), defend after losing the ball instead of sulking (Pogba again), show some fight and attitude (Martial, Pogba) or take the game seriously (Bailly). The players are a whole are just so poor because of such factors that it forces Mourinho to play hoofball and ten men behind the ball.
Btw Mourinho attempted to expansive football against Tottenham and it worked for 45 minutes before the aforementioned players sucked ass again. Also Mourinho has been quite supportive of his players this season, he hasn't publicly slated his players and has even praised them. As for "constant fighting with the ownership", there have been reports today dispelling such a notion, saying that Mourinho's relationship with Woodward is as strong as ever, and he has been kept in the loop on moves such as extending Martial's contract (Mourinho backed it).
The spending is 400 million, not 500 (that's City spending iirc) and Pogba was a Woodward signing when Mourinho wanted a midfield player to build a spine, the type of player he wanted was a type like Kroos, Modric, etc, hardworking and industrial midfielders with the flair to energize the engine room, not an attention seeking diva with attitude problems like Pogba. The money spent on Micki was a flop I'll give you that, and Sanchez is not looking good at all so far, but the fee was 30 million and managers do make flops with their signings (eg.Bravo for Pep). Imo Lindelof still has potential, and Mourinho said he was a long term project since he was signed so I think the jury is still out on him. As for Bailly, I don't think it's Mourinho's fault that he drifts in and out while defending, and for the price we spent on him his quality (even with his inconsistency) makes the deal a mediocre one imo.
I think your concerns are valid but imo they're a bit overblown, Mourinho is getting held responsible for everything by the media rn.