The night has finally arrived. Tonight, Jose Mourinho will be in the home dugout at Old Trafford – and I can barely contain my excitement.
Like most MUFC fans, I hated seeing him win trophies at Chelsea. But in spite of that supposed love with the Blues, Manchester United has always been Jose’s destiny. Ever since the iconic moment when he sprinted down the touchline as Porto manager, everything in Mourinho’s career has been building to this moment.
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal tried, but Mourinho is Sir Alex’s successor.
Of course, we’re all worried that Mourinho won’t stay for the long haul. However, there’s no doubt that he can lead this great club back to where it needs to be. After picking up three points at Bournemouth last weekend, following the Community Shield win seven days earlier, the start has already been pretty good. Tonight’s match against Southampton could be the topper.
There’s something extra poetic about tonight’s game as there’s no greater sight than Old Trafford under the floodlights. More importantly, there’s a genuine feeling that we might finally get to see the Manchester United of old. Mourinho loves defensive stability, but it seems evident that he is buying into the Red Devils philosophy. For the first time in ages, fans might be on the edge of their seats rather than asleep in them.
I’d imagine that Southampton will give us a tough game, but I think we’ll win 3-1 with Zlatan getting on the scoresheet yet again. I’ve got my ticket, and I’ll be heading out in less than an hour. It should be a magical night at Old Trafford.
Oh how I’ve missed being able to say that with conviction.