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    “This season, we have an enormous percentage of ball possession in almost all our matches. But again, everything depends on the technical characteristics of the players that you have at your disposal. On what will enable the team to win. People sometimes confuse ball possession with the number of goals you score. They forget that the aim is to always score and win. At Real, I had a team that broke the record for the number of goals scored in the history of the Spanish league: 121 goals in one season. It was the best in the world in terms of transition play, in terms of being effective in recovery, and then in terms of projecting the ball towards the goal. Cristiano Ronaldo was 27, Di Maria was 23, Benzema and Higuain were 23 or 24. It was the team that killed everyone. Why would I change that? Because the Manchester United team is different. It is slower. It does not have quick players and has a desire to have the ball, in order to be dominant with play. Zlatan Ibrahimovic needs touches of the ball in order to play. Herrera, Carrick and Pogba too. Sometimes, in the last 20 minutes, I explore other options, and I put Marcus Rashford on to go in another direction. But, generally, I try to make do with the qualities that my players have. You did not ask me the question to know why I won the title in each of the leagues that I have been in, but if you were to have asked that question, I would have told you that it was because I adapted to wherever I went. My team plays in this way or that way because that corresponds to the players that I have. It is as simple as that.”
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