Revealed: How Mourinho’s motivational strategy changing Manchester United

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Revealed: How Mourinho’s motivational strategy changing Manchester United! 

Revealed: How Mourinho’s motivational strategy changing Manchester United!
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Andre Villas-Boas has explained how Jose Mourinho gets the best out of people.

The former Chelsea and Zenit boss was part of the Manchester United manager’s backroom team at Porto, Chelsea, and Inter and was delighted at how much he was able to learn in those years.

“In my formative moments working with Jose was the best time of my life – I was able to learn too many things and working with him takes you to another level,” he said.

“You fall in love with him and he becomes your idol.

“I wanted to be like him, know everything that he knew and absorb all the information he was giving.”

While the pair’s relationship deteriorated when Villas-Boas looked to start out on his own coaching career, the 38-year-old can still see the benefits of working with the Reds boss.

“Then you fall on the wrong side of Jose and that’s when things change and you realise that you’ve been blinded by someone,” he added.

“He has this fascinating capability of getting the best out of you, which has good or bad consequences for people.

“My consequences were that as a result of the argument or disagreement we had, I started my coaching career.”

Mourinho has fewer points than van Gaal had at this stage of last season, but a deeper look at the statistics shows how the Portuguese boss has changed some lingering habits at Old Trafford.

Four wins and a draw from his opening seven Premier League games gives Mourinho 13 points, compared with Van Gaal’s 16 points, last term which had them top of the table.

But in two months, Mourinho has dramatically changed their attacking style, possession, and work-rate

United have one more goal at this stage than they did under Van Gaal last season, but the number of shots has nearly doubled under Mourinho.

After seven games of the last term United have registered just 54 shots on goal, ranked 17th in the Premier League, but United are currently top of the charts with 92, though only 45.7 percent of those have been on target (11th in the Premier League).

Although Van Gaal’s United were relatively shot-shy, they converted 22.2 percent of their efforts on goal in their first seven games of last season (second in Premier League), compared with 14.1 percent under Mourinho (10th in Premier League).

United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke on Sunday was indicative of Mourinho’s United so far this season; 24 shots and just a single goal and point to show for it.

“One of those days” was the feeling after the match, a far cry from numerous United performances at Old Trafford under Van Gaal in 2015/16, where they averaged 13.1 shots per game. This season that number is up to 16.5.

Mourinho was still pleased with the Stoke showing, saying after the match: “It should have been three or four-nil at half-time, six or seven-nil at the end. But the result is 1-1. That’s football. It was very undeserved but the best performance so far.”

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