Connect in the back of the net

Manchester United vividly expressed their intention to hold onto the FA Cup title as they swept aside Wigan Athletic with ease in the fourth round of the cup competition.

The Red Devils instilled a 4-0 drubbing to Wigan- who won the cup in 2013- in a show of might that left Old Trafford whetting for more.

Despite registering a slow uninspired start, Marouane Fellaini finally found the opening right at the stroke of halftime, before United ravaged past their visitors in the second half with goals from Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

There remains the possibility of clinching four trophies by Manchester United this season, although one would argue the Premier League title is a bit farfetched.

Having received the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson, the board and above all else the fans, here are three reasons why Jose Mourinho will still succeed this season.

 

Manned management of players

Presumptuous and somewhat overbearing at the start of the season, the Premier League loss at home to Manchester City came as a wakeup call to Jose Mourinho.

Since then, the Portuguese manager has been slavishly devoted to propel his charges back to their rightful place- toning down on the combustible temper while playing the United way.

His intrinsic ability to motivate and fine tune even accomplished players has paid off handsomely, bringing out the best in Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.

 

Tactical genius

Apart from his impressive CV, what makes Jose Mourinho a true legend of the sport is his ability to read the game and make tactical tweaks.

Although not as bizarre or ineffective as [Phil] Jones taking free-kicks, his tactical switches like playing [Eric] Bailly in defensive midfield or Mkhitaryan as left-back have met their particular demands, paying massive dividends in return.

 

Outspoken

It may not be one of his finer acts, but Jose Mourinho has managed to steer clear of unwarranted criticisms of either his players or match officials in front of the glaring eyes of the media, instead limiting criticisms to the changing rooms.

Through his outspoken nature, the gaffer has managed to parachute disillusioned players back to ground zero- giving them a reality check than has in turn gifted self-actualized returns.

This makes the Portuguese both feared and respected in the backroom: two paramount qualities of every successful manager.

 

Written by Brian Humphrey

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