Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho seems to be blaming his predecessor’s tactics for United’s current winless streak.
Manchester United began their losing streak with a 2-1 loss at home against their cross-town neighbors Manchester City. Mourinho’s side then lost away to Feyenoord in their first European match of the season. United made it three in a row after they lost 3-1 away to Watford.
Jose Mourinho has publicly criticized his own players for not following instructions, which reportedly has caused a rift between the manager and the players.
The Daily Mail report that Jose Mourinho thinks the problem causing United’s poor performances could be due to Louis Van Gaal’s influence on the squad.
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Louis Van Gaal managed the side for two years, before getting sacked in June, shortly after he won the FA Cup. The Dutch manager spent almost a quarter of a billion pounds rebuilding the squad, and clearly set out his philosophies to the players.
It’s the philosophy that Jose Mourinho is trying to remove from the players’ heads.
Mourinho spoke about the difficulty in changing the squad’s mentality earlier. He made it clear that it would not be an easy task, but he will get there slowly.
“It is a difficult situation to change dynamics,” he said. “It would be easier for me to have 20 new players and start from zero.
“For two years, they had principles of play that are not mine, clearly. Step by step it will be my team.”
Jose tried bringing in new players to kick-start the new era, but it doesn’t seem to be working as planned.
Under Louis Van Gaal, the players were ordered to maintain high levels of possession, whereas Jose Mourinho prefers the players to push up the pitch and try to keep the ball in the other half as much as possible.
Manchester United play Northampton today in the EFL Cup. Jose Mourinho will be looking to get his message out to the players as quickly as possible.