Michael Owen says Jose Mourinho has already exposed Louis van Gaal at Manchester United

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

Michael Owen has been having his say on Jose Mourinho's first press conference since taking over from Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesJose Mourinho and former mentor Louis van Gaal

Mourinho's appointment as Red Devils boss at the end of last season meant an extended wait for the world's press and indeed the club's legion of fans to hear from the Portuguese.

Van Gaal ended his time at Old Trafford on a high with the FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.

But the writing was always on the wall given the intense speculation that had gathered momentum due to United's fifth place finish in the Premier League and subsequent failure to qualify for the Champions League.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal looks dejectedFormer Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal looks dejected

Writing was always on the wall

The Dutchman endured a frosty relationship with the English press during his time with the Red Devils and often claimed he was managing a side in transition.

As a result he regularly told the press the club's aim was to qualify for the Champions League while many fans felt it showed a lack of ambition and belied the club's proud history.

Television pundit and former footballer Michael Owen speaks at 'England - The Big Debate' during the Soccerex Global ConventionMichael Owen

Owen says Mourinho has shown van Gaal up

And now after just one press conference former United striker Owen says Mourinho has already shown van Gaal up.

"Interesting words from Mourinho," Owen posted on Twitter.

"'Fourth place isn't the aim'. Can't believe van Gaal convinced so many people that fourth would constitute success."


Owen is often ridiculed in his new-found role as a pundit but he makes a salient point.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conferenceNew Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Mourinho ambition more in tune with Red Devils' traditions

Van Gaal spent around a quarter of a billion pounds during his time in charge and in the end only had an FA Cup to show for it.

By playing down his side's aims, whatever he privately believed, it did him few favours with the demanding Old Trafford crowd.

While they, like Owen, will undoubtedly prefer Mourinho's bullish approach, the self-styled 'Special One' has heaped pressure on himself as a result.

And after his fall from grace at Chelsea last season it will be fascinating to see how it pans out.

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