News From Manchester: Jose Mourinho’s Roma success shows secret ingredient Manchester United have missed – Casey Evans

The match was, as expected, a slog to watch, as many finals featuring Mourinho are. The manager famously once said: “Finals are not to be played, they are to win,” and it seemed that he has not abandoned that sentiment at Roma either.

Nicolo Zaniolo scored the only goal of the match in the 32nd minute and from that point forward Roma stifled any creativity from Feyenoord and Cyril Dessers, who was the top scorer in the competition, received absolutely no service from his midfielder. It was the Mourinho masterclass that many love to hate.

And this is something that Manchester United have been missing since the Portuguese manager's departure. There is no denying that Mourinho had to leave Old Trafford when he did; his position had become untenable with a turgid style of football and also due to his relationship with key players in the dressing room.

But many fans theorised that if Mourinho had been in charge of United's Europa League final against Villarreal last season instead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, then the team would have won the competition and delivered a much-needed piece of silverware. And having seen how Roma performed in the Conference League final, it's hard to argue against it.

Under Erik ten Hag, fans are hopeful that he will bring an attractive style of football back to Old Trafford and get United playing the right way, but the ability to 'win ugly' is something that has also been lacking in recent years. And it seems the Dutch manager has already identified that this has to be the case.

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