Jose Mourinho urges Manchester United players to produce more in front of goal

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has called on his Manchester United players to improve their potency in front of goal despite making a prolific start to the season.

The nadir of Man United’s 2016/17 campaign was characterised by a collective neurosis going forward – especially at home – as Mourinho’s men only managed 54 Premier League goals in 38 games.

But they have made a rip-roaring start to the new season, claiming 15 goals in their last five matches – an average of three goals a game.

Mourinho, however, believes that United can offer even more precision going forward this season.

“I’m very pleased with the contribution but I want more goals,” he said.

“The way the team plays I think they have to, when a team doesn’t create a lot, doesn’t have the ball, when it’s just a reactive team, it’s more difficult.

“When a team makes decisions and puts players in attacking areas, they have to score goals.”

Any successful club needs a manager who sets a high bar and, needless to say, the 54-year-old is one of the best in the business in doing exactly that. Never trust a manager who rests on his laurels – somebody who, at some point, feels content with what his team have produced.

Mourinho will never be fully satisfied. Not with anything. The Portuguese has never stood still and won’t ever reach a state of complete contentment with what lies in front of him – and that, above anything, is why he has won trophies consistently ever since 2003. Nobody pushes their players towards success more inexorably than the enigmatic Portuguese.

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