'Van Gaal's Manchester United were better than Mourinho's version'

Jamie Carragher sees the Red Devils going backwards, with their former Dutch coach having managed to deliver in big games and got his side taking chances

Jamie Carragher says Jose Mourinho is failing to match the achievements of his predecessor Louis van Gaal as the Dutchman ‘always got results in the big games’.

United, for all of the complaints about an apparent lack of style, also mustered more goals last season, with failings in the final third costing them dear at present.

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The Red Devils were frustrated once again in their most recent Premier League outing, with a failure to convert chances leaving them with a share of the points in a 1-1 draw with West Ham.

That result came on the back of previous outings against Burnley and Arsenal which also saw Mourinho’s men held despite dominating on the day.

Carragher says no such struggles were endured under Van Gaal, with United not always pleasing on the eye but capable of delivering when it mattered most.

He feels Mourinho has lost his touch in the biggest fixtures, with the Portuguese needing to oversee a reversal in fortune ‘quickly’ or face further uncomfortable questions regarding his reign.

Carragher told Sky Sports: “The squad should be getting better results than they are.

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“They've missed a lot of chances this season, which is nothing like the football of last year.

“Man United fans were disappointed last year with the style of play but the results were better.

“And no matter what you say about Louis van Gaal, he always got results in the big games.

“We always say the same about Jose Mourinho but over the last couple of years that's been lacking.

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“They need to get back on track quickly.”

United will get another opportunity to rediscover their spark on Wednesday when they face West Ham once again, this time in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.

Progress in knockout competition could help to build confidence and raise morale, but getting back on track in the league has to be the priority – as they sixth at present – and there are testing fixtures coming up away at Everton and at home to fellow top-four hopefuls Tottenham.