Manchester United & José Mourinho – A Match Made In Heaven
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 6, 2016
José Mourinho has been heavily linked with Manchester United ever since he was sacked by Chelsea last December, various reports have suggested that there is some sort of ‘mutual agreement’ between the two parties that he will become Man United manager in the summer. Louis van Gaal’s team’s performances have been simply substandard and it would be no surprise to see the Dutchman part ways with the Manchester club.
Manchester United have been desperate for a man to take the reigns at Old Trafford and provide them with some stability since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager of Manchester United in the 2012/13 season. David Moyes and Louis van Gaal have failed to match the expectations of Manchester United and Louis van Gaal looks set to face the axe at the end of the season. José is currently looking for a club. In an interview with GQ, he indicated he will remain in England: “At this moment I don’t have a job, and I don’t know where football will take me because in football you never know but for sure, as a family, our home will still be England.”
Mourinho has an indisputable track record, winning titles at each of the four countries he has managed at. Mourinho provides stability and is as close as you will get to guaranteeing success and trophies. At the moment that is exactly what United need. With Pep Guardiola due to arrive across the road, to fierce rivals, Manchester City in the summer, United need to make a huge signal of intent and appoint Guardiola’s former counterpart, Mr José Mourinho.
Manchester United possess a proud tradition of putting faith in their youngsters and at times, it has rewarded them with great success. But with Mourinho’s expected arrival questions have arisen over whether Mourinho would continue this legacy. There is an old saying that if a lie is told often enough it becomes the truth. This is the case with the Special One’s rumoured unwillingness to play youngsters, it is simply a lie.
In 2004, Chelsea signed a young Peter Čech from Rennes to be a replacement for Carlo Cudicini, but when Jose Mourinho arrived he made Čech his number one goalkeeper, he also helped develop players such as Arjen Robben, Dominic Solanke, Kurt Zouma and Kenedy.
At Real Madrid Jose Mourinho signed Raphael Varane from the Lens and made his debut in the Champions League at 18 years old. He also helped Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria evolve into the great players they are today, he also gave debuts to current Juventus striker, Alvaro Morata and Real Madrid, winger Jese Rodriguez.
And there is more – at Inter Milan, Mourinho handed Davide Santon his debut at 18 years old and also handed a 19-year old, Carlos Alberto his debut when he was the manager of Porto.
There seems to be a recurring pattern at each of the clubs he manages at. So why is there so much uncertainty surrounding Mourino’s history with youngsters, when he has quite clearly developed many youngsters into top players. There’s no question that Mourinho would be willing to continue on Manchester United’s proud tradition of fielding young players.
With Mourinho, comes his immensely controversial and passionate side on and off the field. Mourinho has brought the correct amount of passion for leading all of his former sides to glory. Perhaps at times, he has taken it too far but does that really matter when you are winning trophies.
Mourinho’s touchline antics make him box office and this is exactly what Man United supporters wish to see. Current United manager, van Gaal spends the majority of his time sitting in the dugout, writing on a sketchpad, which has been criticised by a lot of United fans. Mourinho’s exotic character undoubtedly brings lots of entertainment.
Along with Mourinho comes his agent, Jorge Mendes, who is among the most powerful football agents in the world, Sir Alex Ferguson had this to say about the Portuguese super-agent: “Jorge Mendes is the best agent I dealt with, without a doubt. He was responsible, looked after his players… and was very fair with clubs.”
If Ed Woodward does inevitably appoint Mourinho, don’t be too surprised to see many of Mendes’s clients arriving at Old Trafford. During Mourinho’s tenure at Real Madrid, Mendes had Ronaldo, Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho, Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao as clients at Madrid.
With Mourinho’s and Mendes’s influence in Portugal, a move for 18-year old Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches would be likely and only increase their chances of signing the prospect. Also with De Gea heavily-linked with a move to Real Madrid, Mendes would definitely aid Man United’s attempts to keep the Spanish international in Manchester.
With José Mourinho’s elite coaching skills along with Manchester United’s wealth and status, Mourinho and Manchester United could develop into a very prosperous partnership, and lead Manchester United back to the top and provide the club with lots of success.