We all knew it was coming just minutes after Louis van Gaal delivered the FA Cup, but I managed to bite my tongue until the deal was confirmed. Anyway, I’m sure every Manchester United fan (and non-MUFC fans to be fair) have their opinions. Here’s mine…
I’ll admit, I have always hated Jose. I’ve slated him on multiple occasions and took great joy in seeing him flail last season. But that hatred was born out of envy. It’s not too dissimilar to the way our rivals hated Sir Alex Ferguson; if he’d been their manager, they’d have loved him.
Fickle? Yes. Hypocritical? Definitely. Sod it, that’s a football fan’s prerogative.
Mourinho’s ethos arguably doesn’t sit in with the Manchester United philosophy. But I don’t think the young players have to be too worried as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial should still get game time. Nevertheless, Mourinho won’t be as eager to bed in the youngsters. Right now, though, that’s probably a positive.
Manchester United need quick results. Failure to qualify for the Champions League season is a major setback but we can overcome that one. But it cannot afford to happen for a third time in four years; if it does, we’ll be in major danger of becoming the next Liverpool. Mourinho’s influence should prevent that from happening, though, which is at least one reason to think he’ll be a success.
If nothing else, the Special One has an aura that befits Manchester United. He is one of the great managers while we are one of the great clubs. In theory, it could be a match made in heaven. It will be difficult with Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all holding genuine aspirations. However, there’s no reason for a club like MUFC to be frightened of anyone. As long as we take the bull by the horns, as Mourinho should, this club can work its way back to the top.
I’m glad that Van Gaal delivered a trophy as his tenure wasn’t all doom and gloom. Having said that, Mourinho should be a step in the right direction. If nothing else, it should be exciting at the Theatre of Dreams next season.