Ferdinand praises Mourinho for moving away from Van Gaal’s tactics

by Tanveer Arayan

Rio Ferdinand has praised Jose Mourinho for changing the mentality of players at Manchester United away from Louis van Gaal‘s sideway tactics.

The Portuguese boss has gotten his side off to a winning start in the new Premier League campaign with impressive victories over Bournemouth and Southampton.

Despite winning the FA Cup last season, van Gaal was often criticised for his rigid and boring play style, which saw his side set a new club record for the fewest goals scored in a Premier League season after netting just 49 times in the 2015/16 campaign.

Speaking about his success, Ferdinand claims Mourinho has overcome a big obstacle by shifting the mentality of the players.

“The biggest change for them, other than the players they have bought, is the mentality shift,” he said.

“Under Van Gaal for the last two years there’s been a negative vibe around, not only the football team, but the place.

“I think that’s changed with Mourinho and one of his biggest obstacles would have been to change the mentality of the players, from playing sideways and trying to nick games here and there to being a team that dominates physically, tactically and all over the park.

“It’s a huge shift for them this season.”

“What it looks like is teams are in the tunnel looking across and saying ‘oh that’s Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], oh that’s [Paul] Pogba’ and that is what it used to be like.

“That fear factor will start to grow the longer they go on and win.”

Mourinho has not only brought in impressive signings like Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henkrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly, but has also managed to get the best out of his players, Marouane Fellaini being an obvious example of his effect on the team.

It’s clear he is building a squad to win titles and it’s brilliant to see the belief players have in his system, his new signings weren’t even offered Champions League football this year but joined to play a role in Mourinho’s exciting new side.

He’s the manager the club have needed and although it didn’t work out with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, it looks like he’s the perfect boss to get us back to our former glory days.

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