Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is seeking to find the right balance which he sees in Jose Mourinho’s high flying Chelsea.
The Red Devils have brought in six permanent signings this summer as well as a season-long loan deal for Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.
Early season results have been up and down so far for new boss Van Gaal, with plenty of attacking promise yet frailties in defence which need addressing.
Whilst United currently lie in fourth spot following their 2-1 victory over Everton, Premier League rivals Chelsea are eight points better off after an almost flawless start to the campaign.
Six wins from seven, including a 2-0 victory over Arsenal, have propelled the Blues to the top of the table as a huge amount of momentum builds around Stamford Bridge.
When asked for his opinions on Mourinho’s side, Van Gaal praised their squad ability before admitting that he’s seeking to replicate the squad balance his former assistant has assembled.
"I know Jose and the quality of the players of Chelsea. They are a balanced team and I am also looking for a balance in my team - that is very important for a trainer-coach.” He said, quoted by the Daily Star.
"When you have a balanced team you are more difficult to beat. And that is Chelsea, I think.”
United entertain the West Londoners in their next match at Old Trafford on 26 October, a game which will be littered with attacking talent.
One player who will be missing, however, is England international Wayne Rooney as the striker currently undergoes a three-match suspension for his dismissal in the victory over West Ham United.