We finally can talk again about the fascination of the world surrounding Jose Mourinho and the optimistic future that awaits his next project. Man United steeped in history as the most successful team in England are now being managed by arguably the greatest current manager in football (sorry Pep). The silverware should surely be secured then. Not quite. After a torrid transitional period without Sir Alex at the helm and a drama hit final season to say the least for Mourinho at Chelsea, a mutualistic relationship needs to be formed if both are to regain the title of being the aforementioned ‘Best’.
Stopping Mourinho and his illustrious managerial record of winning trophies in his last five stints in management is the likely candidate stopping him from winning the title of ‘the best’, Mr. Pep Guardiola. Both exceptional examples of elites in their field but the difference in style and approaches are extremely obvious. Mourinho’s commitment on getting a result rather than playing beautiful football marred by the Portugese’s charismatic arrogance in Press Conferences is in opposition to Pep’s dedication to provide tiki taka football that excites and entertains.
Something glaringly obvious that led to Jose Mourinho’s dismissal was his demise into a miserable persona of complaining about refereeing decision as well as his players. This is something that isn’t going to be accepted at United either, who needs to reach the heights of the Ferguson era. If this is to happen Mourinho has to go against all the instincts that have made him what he is today. Mourinho has always created a team for the present and the focus of the long-term goal has never been a priority. This has led to another criticism of him focusing on experience rather than youth. With United’s only highlight this season being the growth of an overabundance of youthful talent in Rashford, Martial, Lingard and Fosu Mensah United fans wouldn’t want Mourinho to evaporate the confidence out of what looks like the future of the club. One of the main criticisms of the Louis Van Gaal era was his disregard for the United style of play. An attacking intent will need to be adopted, going against Mourinho’s park the bus approach, a regular occurrence in his Chelsea reign.
One of the main, if only positives for Mourinho are that Man United had the joint best defense in the league last season, along with Tottenham, conceding just 35 goals all season. So if at first a solid unit is the key in getting them results he has the components at his disposal to do so. However, what United will be hoping for is a far more dynamic style of play that could be added to by the rumour of Zlatan Ibrahimovic being reunited with José.
The real question is can he bring instant success? He’s done it wherever he’s been but with Man United it seems different. They haven’t got the caliber of player at their disposal that Jose undoubtedly wants and needs in order to challenge teams that are only going to be strengthening due to the sudden spread of top quality managers around the league. You could argue that this situation parallels that of when he arrived at Porto, a team who hadn’t won a domestic cup in three years, granted United have won the FA Cup, but he immediately instilled a much needed attacking intent with high pressure that imposed a uplifting belief around the club. Something that’s much needed at United. You have to have your reservation though, with the main factor being that his heroics were over ten years ago now. His latest job really encapsulated the risk associated with signing a high profile manager. Mourinho brought unneeded attention and scrutiny to himself and Chelsea with the Eva Carniero incident as well as his rather bullish reponses in interviews. He almost tainted his reputation as a manager which could be the motivating factor in what’s going to be such a fascinating season. His first interview as United boss was quite uplifting and refreshing with his charismatic self shining through. Something that’s easy to do when you are yet to start the job though.
Former Arsenal Legend Thierry Henry believes Mourinho will bring instant success stating “Its about winning for United at the moment- the fans want instant success and he can give them that”. With Conte, Guardiola Klopp and Pochettino inexperienced within knowing what it take to win the league here in England, we are almost underestimating his experience in the Premier League, suggesting it may be easier for the likes of Guardiola and Conte who have inherited squads with depth in quality and Pochettino and Klopp having had the time to instill their philosophy amongst the group of players they inherited. Not forgetting Leicester who’s spirit and passion can never be overshadowed.
Despite his capabilities and glistening CV this could be one of his toughest tests yet due to the competition that’s going to be apparent and the pressure on him to overturn what was a dreadful ending to what started as such a successful reign at Chelsea. Challenging for the title could be the way for Mourinho to retain his dignity as the best in the business.