There have been many comparisons between the two sides under the Dutchman and the Portuguese, but who comes out on top?
GOING into the final league game of the season, Manchester United know they can’t do anything at the weekend to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Jose Mourinho’s hope now moves to Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax.
The Portuguese coach tried to convince everyone that failure to lift the trophy and reach Europe’s elite competition would not label the campaign as a failure.
Our friends at Football Whispers have crunched the numbers and taken a look at how Mourinho’s debut season at Old Trafford compares to that of Louis van Gaal.
Pointless Final Game
United go into Sunday’s game against Crystal Palace in sixth place, but they cannot change their position, with the Eagles also safe from relegation.
So there really is nothing to play for, angering the Reds coach because the game has to be played on Sunday.
He told press: “In any country in the world the match would be on Saturday.
“We are sixth. It doesn’t matter. Crystal Palace are safe so I think after the moment Crystal Palace beat Hull and Hull are relegated and Swansea are safe, the match has to be Saturday.
“But it’s going to be Sunday. It’s frustrating for me.
“I hope the fans at Old Trafford support the team, they forgive some naivety, they forgive some lack of confidence and I hope Big Sam shows he’s a good friend and he goes slow.
“Tell Wilfried Zaha to go slow, leave Christian Benteke at home. I hope he goes soft on us.”
Mourinho Equal on Points with Van Gaal
United go into the game on 66 points, the exact same number that Van Gaal finished with last season.
Wednesday night’s goalless draw against Southampton was the club’s 15th of the campaign, six more than the Dutch boss ended the season with, but it means.
Although with 17 wins, he is two short of what the former Bayern Munich coach managed, with his points per game total higher due to the fact that Jose has only lost six times in 37 games.
Mourinho’s team, despite being accused of being boring and lacking that killer instinct, has scored six more goals than last term and with 15.7 shots per game, they are averaging more than LVG’s team (11.3).
Only Sergio Agüero takes more shots per game than Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 4.4 to the Swede’s 4.1.
Last season, Wayne Rooney’s 2.6 shots per game led United’s attack.
Mourinho Better in Attack
Mourinho’s team have also managed more shots on target, 208 to Van Gaal’s 144, getting their attempts to the goal 35.7 per cent of the time, it was 33.4 per cent last year.
However, because United were taking fewer shots, they actually found the back of the net 10.6 per cent when they shot was on target, that has dropped to 8.9 per cent.
In terms of style, there has been more of a focus to keep the ball on the ground this season.
Mourinho’s team are just 300 passes short of eclipsing the 20,066 they tried last term.
The average is up to 532.4 from 528, so this season’s team should have no problem trumping that total.
Fewer Long Balls than the Dutchman
Interestingly, despite having Paul Pogba pick out Zlatan and now Marouane Fellaini, United’s percentage of long balls has dropped from 13.2 per cent to 12.
And they will finish with less than the 2649 long balls Van Gaal’s team tried last season.
Mourinho may have only won 46 per cent of his league games this season compared to the Dutchman’s 50 per cent, but he is trying to improve the style.
This means taking more shots and scoring more goals, just the points haven’t followed in turn.
The Special One gets a pass mark, but only just.
He has struggled, but managed better numbers than the man he replaced in enough areas to suggest the football and results should continue to improve next season.