Manchester United suffered one of their worst ever goal returns in the Premier League this season but scoring shouldn’t be a problem for them next time around under Jose Mourinho.
Louis van Gaal’s negative style of play this season prioritised possession above all else, and players were punished for taking risks.
This resulted in a dour brand of football with goals few and far between. It got so bad that supporters eventually lost count of how many times their team went in at half-time with the score at 0-0.
But with Mourinho set to be named as van Gaal’s successor this week, fans can look forward to a more exciting spectacle at Old Trafford. His teams have averaged nearly two goals a game in full league seasons and Mourinho’s lowest season total is still more than van Gaal’s highest:
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Mourinho has developed a reputation as a defensive coach in recent years but the stats don’t lie.
Of course, sometimes a counter-attacking approach is necessary but it is often simply the best way to secure a result.
United should be much more creative under Mourinho and next season will hopefully signal the start of a new, exciting era at the club.