‘Pragmatic’ is an adjective someone could use to describe Jose Mourinho, his teams in the past have definitely looked like that in certain games, as they were after securing a specific result, and the Portuguese manager had no problem admitting that the same will happen this season at Manchester United, if and whenever needed.
We know that if you look in a pragmatic way, you see the last winners of the Premier League, they did not play attacking football. They played defensive football and counter-attack football. So according to the results, that is the way to win the Premier League
Mourinho told reporters ahead of United’s game at Stoke City.
We try to play according to the qualities of our players. We try to play positive, we try to play good, but we try to win. If one day to win we have to play defensive football, we have to do it
the Portuguese said, clearing out though that he is not going to… park the bus in front of his goal from the first minute of any game.
If we go to Stoke and Stoke in some moments of the match, they put us under pressure and they are dominant, we have to be humble and we have to be pragmatic and we have to face the reality
the Man United manager also said, adding
If you ask me, are we going to go there and play with seven at the back, like some teams do, five plus two? No, we’re not going to do that. We’re going to try and play well and score goals. But if our opponent is better than us and dominant, we are humble enough to transform our way of playing to play for a result.