Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has urged the club’s players to spread the goals between themselves rather than being over-reliant on the main centre-forward. The Red Devils had the eighth worst goalscoring tally in the Premier League last term behind Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is now a free-agent, notched 17 league goals during the course of the 2016/17 season, but apart from him, no one else managed to reach double figures, with the next highest goal-getter being Juan Mata with just six.
Prior to United’s Premier League opener against West Ham United, Mourinho was asked if his side can reach the levels of his former Real Madrid and Chelsea teams in terms of scoring, to which he replied: “Real Madrid is out of context because it’s a league, and now even more so, where the top teams are much better than the other teams, where the top teams easily win 3-0, 4-0, 5-0, 5-1, so the 126 goals we scored that season are out of context.”
He added that his former teams had players contributing from all areas of the pitch with centre-backs also capable of finding the net from set-pieces, and he hopes that his United team can improve in this regard.
Manchester United managed a whopping 15 draws in the top-flight – a new Premier League record for the club, and Mourinho will not want to come anywhere close to this record this season as he looks to guide his side to the Premier League title.