English Premiership

Mourinho: I'll bring intensity back to United

2016-07-08 19:00
Jose Mourinho (TEAMtalk)

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."


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