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Stat reveals Jose Mourinho has made one major change to how Man Utd play

Statistics reveal the magnitude to which Jose Mourinho has changed Manchester United’s style of play since replacing Louis van Gaal.

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The Special One was appointed in part in a bid to halt a mounting sense that the most successful club in English football had become boring. That criticism of Van Gaal’s side owed to a sluggish, possession-based game that featured a willingness to hit the ball long.

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However research into Manchester United’s passing stats since Mourinho took charge reveals that the club have drastically reduced the number of long passes being made.

Over the course of the season so far Manchester United have made a total of 393 long passes – an average of 56 per game. Only Arsenal have played fewer long balls this term.

In contrast, last season Manchester United were ranked seventh in the Premier League for the total number of long balls they played. Sunderland, Aston Villa and Stoke were among those who attempted fewer. In Van Gaal’s final season they were averaging 70 long passes a match.

In the Dutchman’s first season at the club things were even worse with an average of 78 per match. Only QPR and Burnley – who were both relegated – played more long balls over the course of the campaign.

However, it should be noted that reducing long balls alone it is not necessarily a sign of a higher likelihood of success. In David Moyes’s single season in charge Manchester United were attempting 55 per game, fewer than seen under Mourinho, and the club finished seventh in the Premier League.

Manchester United long balls

2016/17: 56 per game (Mourinho)

2015/16: 70 per game (Van Gaal)

2014/15: 76 per game (Van Gaal)

2013/14: 55 per game (Moyes)

2012/13: 52 per game (Sir Alex Ferguson)

3 Comments on Stat reveals Jose Mourinho has made one major change to how Man Utd play

  1. Good for him


  2. Issokay


  3. Very soon they will sack Mourinho


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