Jose Mourinho's Record at Manchester United Now Worse Than Much-Maligned Predecessor Louis van Gaal

Saul Nozari

​Jose Mourinho's Premier League struggles with Manchester United continued Tuesday night with a 1-1 draw at home to Everton, which meant he has less points as United manager after 29 games this season than Louis van Gaal managed in his debut season at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal took 56 points from the first 29 Premier League games of the 2014/15 season, while Mourinho has taken 54 points from the same amount of games this season.

It could have been 53 points, however, had Zlatan Ibrahimovic not scored a 94th-minute equaliser to salvage a point against Everton.

That result meant United have drawn nine of their sixteen league games at Old Trafford this season, a home record worse than 18th-placed Hull City.

There was huge optimism at Old Trafford when Mourinho took over in the summer, which was heightened after the ex-Chelsea manager spent over £200m on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba, along with the free signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

However, despite winning the EFL Cup in February, Mourinho's first season in charge has been a disappointment, especially in the Premier League, where they are now four points off the top-4 with nine games to go.


They face Anderlecht in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, and it is seeming increasingly likely that they will have to win the competition if they are to play Champions League football next season.

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