Van Gaal, who was sacked following Manchester United’s FA Cup win over Crystal Palace, came under fire from all corners of the footballing world last season for his turgid, possession based system that failed to provide any attacking stimulus or creativity within the side.
Now under the watchful eye of Mourinho, Herrera, speaking to MUTV following Man United’s 4-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund, outlined a key difference between the two managers.
He said: “We want to have the ball, but not to just have the ball; we want to attack.”
Herrera chucking ALL THE SHADE at Van Gaal. https://t.co/88ckN00JLq
— Paul (@NQATPaul) July 22, 2016
Herrera has outlined the key distinction between Mourinho and van Gaal here: the Dutchman’s system ensured superior possession, but failed to do anything else. With Mourinho, there is a clear upgrade in intensity and attacking drive within the side.
While this intensification of attacking onus may have come to no avail against Dortmund, it is clear that, under Mourinho, this United side is quicker on the ball, enterprising, and, most importantly, free to express themselves. There is no doubt that Herrera – so constrained by the Dutchman’s approach last season – is much happier under the tutelage of Mourinho.