José Mourinho has finally landed his dream job at Manchester United, and it is set to be a huge period for the club ahead. Mourinho had always talked about how United are a ‘big big club’ when he was Chelsea manager, and it was ultimately written in the stars that he would end up as United manager one day.
Wherever the charismatic manager has gone he has taken success with him, and he will want to make a lasting impact before he does eventually leave United.
Mourinho should have been the successor to the great Sir Alex Ferguson after his retirement in 2013. Unfortunately it did not turn out this way, but Mou will now be likening his chances to lead the club forward, as they are a team in transition at the minute.
The question is, ultimately, will he be successful at Manchester United or not? Here are a few key things he must do to achieve great things at the Red Devils.
Bring Back Attacking and Exciting Football
Attacking football has been lacking from the United players for the last three years, and this is something that Mourinho must crucially bring back to the team again. David Moyes and especially Louis van Gaal have struggled to create and score goals at United, resulting in three pretty poor years for the team.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, the team was always set up to attack and to go at teams from the first whistle to the last. Mourinho also has the ability to set up his teams like this – for example, as manager of Real Madrid, his team scored over 100 goals in one of his seasons in charge. United fans crave exciting football at Old Trafford, and if Mourinho can bring that back then he will instantly have all the fans on his side.
Continue to Develop Youth
Many people say that Mourinho isn’t very good when it comes to developing youth players. This will have to change at United, as the club thrives in giving younger players the chance to stake their claim in the senior team. Mourinho will have known this when he was given the job, and it is expected that he will listen and play the younger players.
Last season, youth such as Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson broke into the first team and showed that they deserved to be there. Mourinho, therefore, will be tasked with finding them a place in his squad next season; this philosophy is essentially what makes United the club they are.
Keep Signing Players to Improve the Squad
Mourinho has already made a good start in terms of bringing players into the club this summer. The acquisitions of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimović and the impending arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan show that he knows that he must address key issues in the United squad.
The next targets for him have to be a commanding midfielder and a senior centre-back. The main target seems to be Paul Pogba, however this would not be a straightforward deal due to the immense sum of money that would have to be dished out plus Pogba’s first choice destination seeming to be Real Madrid. Mourinho is not stupid, however, and will make sure that he has the squad that he wants before United’s pre-season tour of China starts in a couple of weeks.
Overall, it is a very exciting time at the club, with everyone eager to see what Mourinho can achieve. Many have already asserted their beliefs that Mourinho can take the club back to the top of European football – he will be able to if he does what is necessary to be successful at the club. Hopefully Mourinho will stay at Manchester United for longer than three years, when his current contract is set to run out.