2016-2017 has been strange. Be it Brexit, getting ‘Trump’ed or being a supporter of Manchester United. With little knowledge, I dare not embark on a journey down the first two phenomena, but third one, most definitely.
Louis Van Gaal was given the sack after moving sideways and backwards for the previous two seasons. And guess who claims the hallowed throne? Jose Mourinho.
The same Jose Mourinho, who ran down the touchline at Old Trafford being an opposition manager to announce himself to the world. The same Jose who was the manager at Chelsea and we laughed at for parking the bus. How would he fit in at Manchester United, who have a legacy of playing fast attacking football?
Here I am jotting down 5 take aways from the First Season Under Jose
Home Form is Terrible
Be it goalkeeper heroics, or injuries, Manchester United have just not been good enough at Old Trafford. (No United Fan Would Have Even Nightmare-d of Reading this, where he/she would tend to agree)
Jose Mourinho, will buy a host of players to improve this.
(Clue- Attacker, Left Footed, Plays in the Spanish Capital)
An Almost Changed Man
In his first press conference, as United manager, where he announced “we want to play good football” he seemed to be a changed man, after the chastening experience with Chelsea. His team built around De Gea, Bailly, Pogba, Herrera, Zlatan, Rashford seemed to have the spark of an old Manchester United team but only for short intervals. Consistency will be key. That match at Old Trafford against Chelsea was a reminder of the good old days.
Where Youth is Concerned – Still the Man United Way
His belief in Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, have left a lot of his doubters red faced. (Oh! The irony) But then with Jose, you also get him mouthing off at press conferences, (Shaw and Martial) and although it seems like a gimmick, it sure dents the confidence of the player. He’s also used Timo Fosu Mensah and Tuanzebe, but critics will say, it is only because injuries.
Squad of 23 Not Big Enough
Jose was adamant about clipping his side to 23 plus 2 keepers and that has landed him and the team in a soup at the end of the season. Manchester United had to give up in a race for top 4 because we were short of players after two bizarre days, (One at England training where Jones and Smalling both got injured, and then a United match where both Rojo and Zlatan’s seasons where prematurely over). Next season, let’s hope Jose loosens up a little bit about his squad size.
Transfer Market Bully
Add Jose Mourinho’s clout to Manchester United ‘s pulling power and what you get is a transfer bully that Woodward is the face of. From getting Pogba, Miki, Bailly and Zlatan last season, Griezmann, Lindelof already look done this season. Mourinho is building a star studded team, but a team that’s destined to shine brighter with every passing season.
So if you are a Man United fan, keep your fingers crossed. Share your thoughts with us on the Comments section.
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