I’m not get­ting car­ried way – Jose

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

PRE­MIER LEAGUE: Manch­ester United’s freescor­ing start is re­fut­ing the no­tion that Jose Mour­inho is a de­fen­sive-minded man­ager, but the Por­tuguese ac­cepts there will still be times this sea­son where a more prag­matic approach is re­quired.

United have scored 10 goals in three Pre­mier League games so far, the last two enough to de­feat Le­ices­ter at Old Traf­ford on Satur­day and main­tain the lead­ers’ 100 per cent start.

They man­aged just 54 goals across all 38 games last term, fewer than Bournemouth, and Mour­inho sought to ad­dress that by sign­ing Romelu Lukaku over the summer.

The Bel­gian has al­ready net­ted three times for an in-form United side, which Mour­inho has been happy to let off the leash.

Asked about the crit­ics who ac­cuse him of be­ing overly de­fen­sive, Mour­inho replied: “Maybe they are go­ing to say that be­cause my team are not con­ced­ing goals. Maybe they say I’m de­fen­sive.

“We are play­ing well. Prob­a­bly in some matches where we are not play­ing well, prob­a­bly we are go­ing to be de­fen­sive. Prob­a­bly if in some match the op­po­nent is play­ing bet­ter than us we have to be prag­matic and re­al­is­tic and de­fend.

“But in th­ese three matches we didn’t need that be­cause the team was in good con­trol, but I’m not get­ting car­ried away. Three matches, nine points, it’s good, a plus 10 goal av­er­age is good. But it’s three matches.”

Le­ices­ter frus­trated United for over an hour on Satur­day, with Kasper Sch­me­ichel even sav­ing a penalty from Lukaku, but sub­sti­tutes Mar­cus Rash­ford and Marouane Fel­laini scored to break their re­sis­tance.

The Foxes have also vis­ited the Emi­rates Sta­dium this term and host cham­pi­ons Chelsea in their first game back af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break.

Man­ager Craig Shake­speare said: “We have to dust our­selves down now.

“We have to re­group when we get back and go again.”

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