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Mourinho admits approach was more defensive last season; aims to change Man Utd’s style

There’s no point denying that the style of football Manchester United have played under Jose Mourinho has been boring more often than not.

With the attacking players he possess, it makes little sense that we start so many games on the back-foot rather than trying to exploit the opposition.

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Footballers like Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba should be allowed to embrace themselves going forward with a clear offensive approach, and that has not been the case since Mourinho took the job in 2016.

However, the United boss has revealed he has a plan to try and make his side’s style of play more easy on the eye.

That will satisfy us fans as long as he’s able to pull it off, but there are growing concerns that this United side is more reactive than proactive, choosing to respond to conceded goals rather than hitting the opposition before risking the likelihood of being dead and buried and going behind in games.

Last season, United finished second without winning a piece of silverware. We scored 38 less goals than Manchester City, who won the league at a canter.

But it’s a relief to hear Mourinho is trying to change United’s style of play.

“Because the approach was much more defensive (last season) and with a much more defensive approach you can hide better your weaknesses,” Mourinho said, as per The Mirror.

“So when the team is really defensive and you have a more defensive mind then you base the work on that.

“Then the team doesn’t develop enough in other areas, but the team managed to get results based on that.

“I’m trying to find a balance where we develop the team in the second and first phase of attack and we develop the talented players that we have without losing the balance. When we are in control we have no problems, when the opponent is in control I think the team has problems.”

This would suggest to us that Mourinho knows the United faithful want to be entertained, which has not always been the case.

You can defend a defensive approach as a manager if you’re winning games and silverware. Otherwise, it’s not a bit persuasive.

Mourinho is renowned as a tactician. He needs to get the best out of his players in the final third.

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