Man United once again dominated proceedings at home but failed to secure the three points against Paul Clement’s men, with Gylfi Sigurdsson snatching a late equaliser.
Jose Mourinho‘s men have now stuttered to ten home draws this season – all of which could have been won if United had displayed greater composure in front of goal.
And Redknapp, writing in his weekly column for the Daily Mail, criticised Mourinho for espousing a style similar to his predecessor.
“Manchester United must be on the most boring unbeaten run of all time. There has been very little joy watching them this season,” he said.
“United ground out a 0-0 with Manchester City but their draw at home to Swansea meant they could not capitalise on their rivals slipping up at Middlesbrough.
“Jose Mourinho has spent £145million but I cannot see a difference from Louis van Gaal‘s stale style. Next season Mourinho must improve how United play and help his players lose their fear of taking risk.”
I can partly understand what Redknapp is getting at here: displays hallmarked by domination of the ball but little conviction in front of goal are indeed a hallmark of both Mourinho and Van Gaal’s tenures at Old Trafford.
But that is where the comparisons end. Redknapp clearly has a pretty short memory when it comes to the Van Gaal era: United under the Dutchman dominated the ball but, more often than not, created literally nothing in front of goal. One instance off the top of my head came during a 1-0 defeat at home to Southampton next year – a game I had the misfortune of being at. Van Gaal’s men conjured up zero chances. Zero. I’m not even joking.
Contrast that with, say, United’s 0-0 draw with Burnley earlier this season: 37 shots, a red card, a bucketload of saves from Tom Heaton, some awful misses, drama mixed with agony from minute one.
This is an important difference between the two. United may be in a similar position to where they were last season, but they have more points, more shots, more goals and – most importantly – far more entertainment value.