Mour­inho wants more goalscor­ers

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LONDON: Jose Mour­inho says more play­ers need to chip in with goals this sea­son if Manch­ester United are to chal­lenge for the Premier League.

Europa League, EFL Cup and Com­mu­nity Shield glory was a de­cent re­turn in Mour­inho’s first cam­paign in the Old Traf­ford dugout, as was Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

How­ever, United fin­ished in sixth place and an eye-wa­ter­ing 24 points be­hind cham­pi­ons Chelsea, de­spite los­ing the same num­ber of Premier League games as Mour­inho’s former club.

A knack of draw­ing matches they dom­i­nated proved their un­do­ing, strug­gling to break teams down when top goalscorer Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic was ab­sent or stut­tered.

Mour­inho knows they were over-re­liant on the in­jured exSwedish striker’s goals and wants more sup­port for this sea­son’s main man Romelu Lukaku.

“In my other clubs what I had was more play­ers scor­ing goals,” he said. “Mid­field play­ers scor­ing goals, wingers scor­ing goals, cen­tral de­fend­ers good in the air scor­ing goals at set-pieces.

“We al­ways had that so my teams al­ways had the goalscorer, we al­ways had the guy that scores more goals, but then we had the winger that scored 15 goals, we had the mid­field player who scored 10 goals, we had the cen­tral de­fender that scored five goals.

“Last sea­son that didn’t hap­pen much — we were fo­cused on the goals that our striker was scor­ing and when he was not scor­ing, the team was a lit­tle bit in trou­ble to win matches.”

Mour­inho does not nec­es­sar­ily buy into the idea that more goals are needed, just a fairer spread to help them win more matches.

Lukaku, Vic­tor Lin­de­lof and Ne­manja Matic have been brought in to help boost their ti­tle chal­lenge, with the United boss look­ing to con­tinue his re­mark­able record of win­ning the league in his sec­ond cam­paign in all five spells in charge of a major club.

“It’s not be­cause I al­ways did it that I am go­ing to do it,” the exPorto, Chelsea, In­ter Milan and Real Madrid boss said.

“There’s no re­la­tion be­tween clubs and coun­tries and sea­sons and pe­ri­ods, so ob­vi­ously there is no guar­an­tee. I don’t think I am go­ing to win be­cause I al­ways win in the sec­ond sea­son — not at all.

“I just think nat­u­rally a man­ager in the sec­ond sea­son knows the play­ers bet­ter, knows the club bet­ter. I don’t say the league be­cause I have been in this league a long time. Daily Mail

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