The Iron Curtain: If there is one thing that Jose Mourinho is good at, it’s organising defences. Second to none in fact. This season in the Home match against league leaders Chelsea, United limited their opponent to zero shots on goal. None, not one! One of the meanest defences in Europe this season, not bad considering Mourinho has had to juggle centre back partnerships.
Identity Parade: Jose will no doubt have already given Ed Woodward his battle plan for the summer. A team still consisting of Ferguson, Moyes and LVG’s men, Mourinho will look to bring in more of his own, to implement his dream of taking United forwards. Plenty of money was spent last summer, namely on record signing, Paul Pogba.
Second Season Syndrome: In every job that Mourinho has had, the league championship has been won during his second season. Some achievement that! Porto, Chelsea ( twice ), Inter Milan and Real Madrid, all of which the boss has won the league title in maybe the first season, but definitely in year two. Manchester United?
No Rest for the Wicked: With the squad getting a full summer’s rest, bar a few off for the silly June internationals, Mourinho will no doubt be working tirelessly behind the scenes, to ensure that United are challenging this time around. A massive points gap between top and United, will not please Mourinho. Something he will look to change with a summer of precision planning.
Success: No manager at Manchester United has ever won a trophy in their first season… until now. Jose Mourinho became the first, lifting the League Cup at Wembley back in February. It’s some company the current boss is keeping too. Sir Matt Busby, Tommy Docherty, Ron Atkinson and possibly the greatest, Sir Alex Ferguson, were all fruitless in their first years in charge. It took Sir Alex four years!
Next season will be the start of a fourth year without a League title. Mourinho will not be wanting a repeat of this seasons Home form. Turn a few of those draws into wins and United really will be back in business.
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