Ray Wilkins: What Jose Mourinho must do differently at Man United
Ray Wilkins runs the rule over new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Ray Wilkins has warned Jose Mourinho that he must change the way he thinks a little bit after becoming the new Manchester United manager.
The 53-year-old was appointed as the Red Devils’s new boss on Friday morning after months of speculation linking the axed Chelsea manager with Louis van Gaal’s position at Old Trafford.
Mourinho was sacked by the west London side in December last year after Chelsea lost nine games in their dismal attempt to defend their Premier League campaign.
United supporters made no secret of their disapproval of Van Gaal’s defensive football during the Dutchman’s second season at Old Trafford.
While Wilkins admits Mourinho likes to play possession football, the former Chelsea and United midfielder believes the Portuguese coach will want his players to adopt an aggressive attacking philosophy.
“He needs to change the way he thinks about his football a little bit. One of the criticisms levelled at Van Gaal was the fact that he was very defensive,” Wilkins told Sky Sports.
“Possession is fantastic, and Mourinho likes to play that way, but he likes to play with a progression as well. He likes his players to be aggressive, go forward and score.”
United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table and behind Manchester City on goal difference despite a 3-1 win against Bournemouth to finish the season.