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The Embarrassing Stats That Show Manchester United Were More Effective Under Louis Van Gaal Than Jose Mourinho

Mourinho could take a thing or two from the former United boss
Mourinho could take a thing or two from the former United boss

Jose Mourinho has managed Manchester United for two-and-a-half seasons now but the side appears to be getting worse under his leadership. After finishing second last season and making it to the FA Cup final they looked set for a promising 2018/19 campaign.

Diogo Dalot was brought in as a promising right-back whilst spending £50m on Fred was supposed to be the signing that unleashed Paul Pogba and give Manchester United the most dominant midfield in the Premier League.

Things haven't quite worked out that way this season at Old Trafford as United are struggling down in eighth ahead of tonight’s home game against Arsenal. Having scored 22 goals in 14 games this campaign, supporters have been annoyed at the lack of attacking intent shown by their side, but it has been their defensive capabilities that have really been exposed this year. 23 goals conceded gives Mourinho’s men an embarrassing -1 goal difference, something the Old Trafford faithful are not used to.

Compare those figures with the 2014/15 season under Louis van Gaal, thought to be the most boring football United have played in some time. Having said that, the Dutchman had led his side up to third position in the league behind Man City and Leicester and they were just a point off the top after 14 games played.

Van Gaal’s team were dull to watch, having scored just 20 goals in 14 games, but as they conceded just 10 goals they did have a goal difference of +10, making them a much more efficient and effective team under Louis van Gaal.

It took Manchester United 30 games last season under Mourinho to concede 23 goals, compared to just the 14 games this season which just shows what a nightmare they are having in defence. It may have been turgid under van Gaal but at least he got the results at the beginning of his campaign!

Who knows, maybe an unlikely return could be on the cards if Mourinho does head for the exit - 100/1 if you're interested.

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