Jose Mourinho: What’s On His United Agenda?
As the self-anointed ‘Special One’ officially started his first day at Old Trafford, there is no doubting that this is the Portuguese biggest job. Louis Van Gaal found out the hard way, the huge expectations that are on United and even a manager with his CV could not make it work. So why will Jose succeed? What must be his first set of jobs in the hot seat?
Revamp The Squad
Although Leicester will tell you otherwise, money normally brings success. Apart from his time at Porto, Mourinho has always been able to spend heavily and it would be silly to think this trend will buck. United are suffering from two years of odd transfers. Despite spending a quarter of a billion pounds on players, they have failed to reach any of the heights set in previous seasons and failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Mourinho has already brought in Eric Bailley, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. This proves that despite the club not having Champions League football, as manager he can still pull in the very best. The signings look shrewd and are just the sort of players needed to bring arrogance back to Old Trafford.
One of the big reservations the Old Trafford faithful (including Sir Bobby Charlton) had about Mourinho was his faith in youth. The club which brought us the ‘Busby Babes’ and ‘Class of 92’ have always prided themselves on bringing players through their academies. Jose’s track record for this has been well documented. It’s not great. He will point to Kurt Zouma and Raphael Varane, but Louis Van Gaal managed to give 14 academy players their debuts. It is hard to see the new Red Devils manager having so much faith in youngsters.
Become The Number One Club In Manchester
The Manchester derbies over the next few seasons are set to be some of the fieriest yet. Jose’s arch rival, Pep Guardiola is the new manager across the town at the Etihad. The two were hugely competitive during their time together in Spain.
Instead of ‘El Clasico’ it will now be a Manchester derby. Pep arguably managed to outfox Mourinho whilst at Barcelona, beating him to the La Liga title on two out of three occasions. With the first derby coming five games into the new season, this first encounter between the two in England could possibly set the tide for the future.
Sort Out The Wayne Rooney Conundrum
There is no doubting that Mourinho is a fan of the Englishman. He tried to sign him during his time at Chelsea and is a big admirer. But there are now question marks over just what to do with him. Rooney did enjoy some success in midfield for England at the Euros, as well as playing well there in the final few games of last season.
But with the arrivals of Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan along with the possible arrival of Pogba, it is getting harder and harder to find a specific place for Rooney in the team, whether it be in midfield or upfront. Rooney will no doubt stay at the club, given that he is the captain and second top record goal scorer for the club.
Next season could arguably the best ever in the Premier League. The power of the league has grown once more, with the best set of managers in the division. No matter what happens it should be fantastic and it is great to see Mourinho back again.