José Mourinho will be an instant success at Manchester United

Published: June 11, 2016
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It’s fascinating to see “The Special One” at The Theatre of Dreams. He has been there many times before, but now he comes there not to be on the opposite end, but on the touchlines to guide and lift the team to higher ranks. PHOTO: MARCADORES.COM

José Mourinho, widely regarded as one of the best managers of the current era, is coming to the team he used to call “a giant club” – Manchester United. On May 27, 2016, Mourinho penned a three-year contract deal with an option to stay with the club until at least 2020. 

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It’s fascinating to see “The Special One” at The Theatre of Dreams. He has been there many times before, but now he comes there not to be on the opposite end, but on the touchlines to guide and lift the team to higher ranks.

It seems only yesterday when a young guy came to Old-Trafford with Porto. And over the years he has developed respect for Manchester United. He remembers Sir Alex Fergusson with club captain, Gary Neville, going into the dressing room and shaking players’ hands and congratulating them on a big victory.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gestures to Porto fans as they chant his name.
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It’s seems odd that some experts and fans don’t believe he’ll bring any success to Manchester United. But his record speaks of success. When he came to Chelsea in 2004, Mourinho instantly changed the core of Chelsea FC, transforming them into a team that won a championship by 12 points. Then, in the Champions League, he beat Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the Round of 16 and QF stages before being eliminated in the semi-finals by the eventual champions, Liverpool.

Likewise, at Inter Milan, he made a seemingly improbable task an ordinary one, winning the first treble in Italian Football history. At Real Madrid he beat probably the best Barcelona team ever before guiding the team to its 32nd La Liga title in his second spell in charge. When he returned to Chelsea in 2013, he won the title two years later.

It all means that Mourinho comes to Old Trafford with loads of experience at winning.

Mourinho likes hard-working players with pace, who track back on defence, run harder on the counter-attack, create space, widen the play, and are good in the air. With Manchester United’s lack of goal-scoring threats, Mourinho can go all-in by signing a new striker. That could very well be Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who’s a free agent. It may also be Alvaro Morata.

Ibrahimovic to be Mourinho’s main man.
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Alvaro Morata has scored just half as many goals as Olivier Giroud this season.
Photo: Reuters

In the midfield zone, Manchester United hasn’t had anyone capable since Paul Scholes’s departure. Mourinho may go hard in the transfer market and sign someone like Paul Pogba or Marco Verratti. In the defence zone, Chris Smalling needs a better partner. With Phil Jones perennially being injured, and Daley Blind exposing himself in some of the big games, it’s there to see what Mourinho does to sort out the defensive problems.

Manchester United’s Phil Jones collides with Sunderland’s Craig Gardner during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester.
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Daley Blind was brought over to United from Ajax Amsterdam by Louis van Gaal two years ago.
Photo: Reuters

Mourinho finally got the player, Wazza, who he has tried to sign with two different clubs, but failed both times. Now, Wazza is nowhere near the standards he has set for himself. Mourinho has said on a number of occasions in the past that Wazza’s best position is striker. But it will be interesting to see where Wazza plays considering his lack of goal-scoring form in the recent season. If he can get the best out of him, there’s no reason to doubt that United will be in the driving seat in the title race.

Oblivious to any concern in bracketing Wayne Rooney with Paul Gascoigne, England’s players have taken the Gazza moniker and adapted it in the teenager’s honour by dubbing him Wazza.
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Teenage sensation, Marcus Rashford, who burst onto the stage last season with eight goals in all competitions, will be one to see along with guys like Borthwick and Fotsu Mensah. Mourinho will finally be looking to work with young guns instead of loaning them, which is something he’s not used to.

Marcus Rashford to remain in Man-U till 2020 as striker signs new deal.
Photo: Reuters

This season it will all be very different for Mourinho. This time he will be playing to regain his prestige and the lost legacy of MUFC. Mourinho is a born winner who doesn’t like losing. He won’t forget his last season in Chelsea, but he’ll be looking to prove doubters wrong, proving that he still “has it”.

Manchester United fans will be all up to support their new manager. Their expectations are high and he’s fully aware of that. But, this time, the reception, the love, the support he has gotten from fans is something that he has not experienced before. It will light a fire in him to achieve even more success.

So, yeah, it’s everyone’s right to look forward to a fulfillment of all their expectations.

Mourinho is a serial winner, a born winner and he will be an instant success.

Haider Zulfiqar

Haider Zulfiqar

The author has recently done his FSc from PAF College, Sargodha. He is interested in almost all sports including football, cricket, tennis etc. He is also a Manchester United fan. He tweets @Jose_Red_Army (twitter.com/Jose_Red_Army)

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