Jose Mourinho has told his players they must all rise up and be counted for solving Manchester United’s goalscoring issue, while saying that a Premier League title was a more realistic target this season.
United were the lowest scorers of the Premier League’s top seven last season with just 54. Zlatan Ibrahimovic got 17 as part of 28 in all competitions before his campaign was sealed early by an unfortunate knee ligament injury.
The 35-year-old was the only United player to score more than 9 in the league.
The Swede has since been temporarily released but Mourinho splashed £75 million on Romelu Lukaku, who scored 25 Premier League goals for Everton last season.
“We always had more goals from wingers, midfielders getting 10 goals, central defenders getting five goals and last season that didn’t happen much. We were focused on the striker scoring goals and when it didn’t happen we were in trouble.”
“The challenge is to win more matches than we did, by scoring more or conceding less, I don’t know.
“We lost only one match at home and in the cups we never lost, but too many draws.
“It would be better to lose two or three but win three or four more and then have six or eight more points and then a different position in the table.
“We had lots of dominance at home, lots of chances, lots when the match should be two or three nil and in the end was 1-1. But to have a better position in table we need to win more.”
“It’s not because I have always done it that I am going to do it.
“There is no relation between others or a guarantee because I always do, but I just think naturally a manger in the second season knows the club and players better.
“We are just in a position to do quality work better than in the first.
“It’s not just hope it’s convinced that the quality of the team will be better, I have conditions to deliver a better one than the first.”
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