Shortly after inspiring Manchester United two a twelfth joint-record FA Cup triumph against Crystal Palace, Louis van Gaal was dismissed as manager for the Old Trafford outfit. What ensued was a drop in share value of Manchester United stock at the New York Stock Exchange, which only signified that an announcement on van Gaal’s successor was as imminent as it was paramount.
Considered as one of the worst kept secrets in the world of football- characteristic of modern day Manchester United- the new manager was to be appointed on Friday. True to the promise, the club announced Jose Mario dos Santos Mourinho Felix or simply ‘The Special One’ as the new manager of the twenty-time English champions.
Here are three definitive reasons why Mourinho is a good appointment for Manchester United.
Louis van Gaal’s FA Cup triumph ensured kept alive his streak of having won a trophy in all the countries he has coached in [Holland, Spain, Germany and England], but that simply wasn’t enough to help him see out his contract.
A monumental club like Manchester United with an unrivaled history demanded more than just a single trophy in two years. For the Old Trafford side, nothing but the best is ever good enough and van Gaal’s failure to win the Champions League made it ever more difficult to retain his place at United, for how could he win a competition he couldn’t even qualify for?
Jose Mourinho’s appointment was met with approvals aplenty from United legends as the likes of Andy Cole, Peter Schmeichel and Rio Ferdinand lauded the decision via social media. Just like Louis van Gaal, Jose may have similarly won trophies in every country he has coached in, but it’s his win ratio that makes his appointment befitting.
Mourinho has won a staggering 21 trophies in 16 years, with the zenith of his career being Champions League triumphs with Porto and Inter Milan.
United a team in transition
Manchester United may not be where they want to be at the moment, but Louis van Gaal has provided the detour of for reaching the promised land, with Jose Mourinho as the chosen one to see them through.
Much like David Moyes, van Gaal took over a relatively weak squad and his complete dissection and overhaul set the right tone for a work in progress. Furthermore his introduction of youthful players like Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwick –Jackson ensured continuity in the United way.
Taking over the reigning FA Cup champions is a good starting point, and a challenge Mourinho will relish.
A revitalized Mourinho out to prove a point
After seemingly falling out with his senior players at Chelsea, not to mention the relentless attacks with feminists following the Eva Carneiro incident, Jose Mourinho was hounded out of Stamford Bridge midway through the season.
However, Mourinho and United look like a match made in heaven; with the former looking to redeem himself and the latter in desperate need of trophies and Champions League football.
He’ll certainly hath no fury like a scorned Mourinho out to prove that he is still a winner.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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