I’m not getting carried way – Jose
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.”