Cape Town - Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho claims that his coaching approach is more adaptable than his predecessor Louis van Gaal's possession-focused philosophy.
Van Gaal was the subject of much criticism in his time at Old Trafford, with his priority of retaining possession at the expense of more a attacking game.
While the new Red Devils manager insists that van Gaal's approach was not necesserily wrong, he does think more a more versatille strategy is needed.
"Yes, we want to play different than the last season. Mr. Van Gaal is absolutely a top manager and his philosophy is very clear," Mourinho told MUTV.
"My philosophy is different, it's not better, it's different. My football is different.
"I am a lot more vertical, I am more intense," he continued.
"I like the ball possession as a way to create a chance to be vertical, I don't like it just to keep statistically possession of the ball.
"I'm not afraid to play a game with transitions, they will always come during the game, and I am not afraid to lose the ball, I'm not afraid of risk.
"The style of play, the players have a huge contribution to that.
"I think one of my characteristics as a manager is that I can adapt to what I have in hand.
"I feel it is one of my strengths, I don't defend that a manager should have one style of play, a manager should be open to adapt and to create a style that fits the reality."