Bastian Schweinsteiger’s marginalisation and the pursuit of Paul Pogba shows how Mourinho is instructing a new-look United to forget Louis van Gaal
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Jose Mourinho yesterday served warning that he will mould Manchester United into a very different force this season to the side that has failed to moult a challenge for the league for three seasons.
The new United boss gave his blueprint for the new season admitting he has very different “principles” to sacked Louis Van Gaal.
Mourinho candidly admitted it will be tough to get two years of Van Gaal’s style out of his players’ thinking.
But his quest for a transformed United was reflected when he confirmed German international Schweinsteiger has been axed from his first team squad for the season – failing to make the final 23 outfield players.
He wants £100million Pogba in by the first game of the Premier League season next weekend – with all the rangy, athletic power he will bring to central midfield.
Mourinho, who will lead United out at Wembley in the Charity Shield against champions Leicester, said: “Step by step this will be my team.
“My teams are different from Mr Van Gaal, that is correct. It is a difficult situation to change the dynamics.
“It would be easier for me to have 20 new players and start from zero. For two years, they had principles of play that are not mine, clearly. But the players are players and without losing their identity, they try to adapt to what the manager wants.
“After two years, there are things in their brain that are automatic and that is difficult to change.”
Mourinho is seeking adventure, speed and penetration in attack.
He added: “We are working hard and they are trying everything. We make mistakes and we are far from perfect, but they are giving everything.
“I want to make clear that I am not saying mine are better, or have better ideas, or my principles are better.”
He wants the Leicester clash to be a serious test and said his side this season “need to be champions or win FA Cup and they did that last season.”
He added: “We need minutes for the players. We have Leicester and it is not a training session. It is a game, especially for the players that were involved in last season. For them must have a meaning.”