Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted to having adopted a more attacking approach.
The Portuguese tactician has been under intense criticism since the start of the ongoing campaign, not just due to his team’s poor results, but also due to the boring and inconsistent manner in which his players have functioned on the pitch.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid gaffer has always been a defensive-minded coach, but this new season has not only seen his Red Devils attack poorly, but also defend their goal shockingly by leaking in a plethora of goals.
However, there seems to be a change in the offing, as Manchester United have managed to play some attractive attacking football since their 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle United at the start of October.
Now, Mourinho has admitted to have altered his defensive approach in order to adopt a more attacking philosophy, whilst also speaking about the subsequent effects it has had on his team’s overall gameplay.
Speaking after his side’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth, Jose stated: “The approach was much more defensive [last season] and with a much more defensive approach you can hide better your weaknesses.
“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.”
Jose Mourinho talks openly about how he’s trying to change to an attacking strategy whilst finding the right balance. He wants to change and if you don’t want him to succeed after watching this then I don’t really know what to say. #mufc [Standard] pic.twitter.com/BeThbbfqaE
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) November 4, 2018
I’ve never seen him be so open about his tactics. This really is his biggest job ever and you can tell he wants to keep trying
— BYOA (@jeffreyiLL) November 4, 2018
Jose further spoke about the formidable mentality his team displayed at the Vitality stadium on Saturday, by adding: “When we are in control we have no problems, when the opponent is in control I think the team has problems.
“But is fantastic to have this feeling that doesn’t matter the result, we know the game is not over, doesn’t matter how many minutes until the end of the game, we have the feeling of anything can happen and, even missing chances like we did in the second-half, chance after chance after chance, they keep going until the end.”