Marcos Rojo has explained the reasons behind Manchester United’s improved form in recent fixtures, citing a heightened level of intensity as the main factor underpinning their new approach.
Jose Mourinho’s side responded to their 4-0 humiliation at Stamford Bridge with an impressive display against Manchester City in the League Cup.
Man United continued to show signs of enterprise against Burnley last weekend, but somehow couldn’t capitalise on any of the 37 chances they created against Sean Dyche’s side.
Speaking on Sky Sports ahead of United’s trip to Istanbul to face Fenerbahce, Rojo insisted Mourinho’s men are heading in the right direction.
“We are playing very well, certainly the last two matches,” he said.
“You can see that we are playing with a great intensity, throughout the whole of the match.
“Obviously, against City, we got the victory, and the last match, versus Burnley, we had 37 chances. A goal would have been the icing on the cake.
“That was the thing we needed and we didn’t quite make it but I certainly think we are getting to the level where we can play as a team.”
The early stages of the Mourinho era at Old Trafford have been, well, not very Mourinho-like at all. A fundamental element of the Portuguese’s style is, after all, an aptitude for winning at all costs, to produce a truly gritty – even ugly – but ultimately successful performance. This was something United fans saw under Louis van Gaal – especially during his first season – on several occasions.
But it seems as if the established Mourinho mantra has been subverted: instead of ugly performances that somehow earn a victory, we have good performances that somehow fail to yield any success. This is a side that creates innumerable chances, a side that dominates the opposition. And yet, what do they have to show at the end of it all?
Mourinho will be fully aware of this issue, and United fans will be desperate to see his side convert good performances into good results as the busy winter schedule approaches.