Does Jose Mourinho see a longer-term project with Manchester United now he’s signed a new deal?

Jose Mourinho has just penned himself to another two to three years with United, begging the question, does he see a long-term project at Old Trafford that he might not have seen at other clubs he has previously managed?

With most modern managers and clubs nowadays, success is sought in the short-term and if you have not won a trophy in the first two to three years of your tenure you’ll inevitably be moved on in favour of someone who has done it elsewhere. On the flip side, if you have achieved a lot of success in the first few years, managers appear to get bored and want to seek a new challenge. It seems the days of managers staying for 20 plus years and building a squad to last has unfortunately gone, but that’s the financial climate that football is now in.

The United boss is no exception to this, he had incredible success with his first few clubs, winning League titles, Champions Leagues and domestic cups. But it didn’t seem enough to do it with one club so he wanted to move on and create history elsewhere, which to his credit, he did. However, he also saw himself dismissed because he wasn’t achieving what he was brought in to do.

This job for the 55-year-old has a bit of a different feel to it though and he is obviously reaping the rewards. Mourinho and United have been linked for the past six to seven years, with the Portuguese man being touted as a possible replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson when he eventually retired. So, when he finally got put in the hot seat at Old Trafford, this never really felt like it would be just another job for the special one.

It was no secret that when he arrived, the team was in somewhat of a transition period, players that were apart of Sir Alex Ferguson’s success era of success were coming to the end of their careers, like Rooney, who has now moved on, and Carrick, who retires at the end of the season. As well as having two managers in the space of three seasons, with totally different views on football, the playing style didn’t really have much direction.

However, Mourinho knew, unlike his time in charge of other clubs, that he would have the final say all things on the pitch and he would be able to bring in his own players in the transfer market. It is the power that he never really had at Chelsea, under Roman Abramovich, and especially at Real Madrid under Florentino Pérez.

Although there are still some remnants of the sides left by Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, the team plays like a side constructed by the Portuguese man and he has brought in players that fit his style of play. It is a team set up to defend from the front, and to be blistering on the counter-attack, something which is coming to fruition this season.

The United boss has also never invested so much time and energy into the youth at a club he has managed and giving debuts to the likes of Scott McTominay, Angel Gomes, and many others typify this.

The fact that the squad’s average age is 26, means that Mourinho has four-plus years with most of this squad at the peak of their powers, with the majority of the team apart from the defence even close to their age of football maturity. The likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, and Jesse Lingard, have seven to ten years at the top of their game in modern-day football and are players that are only going to improve under Mourinho’s stewardship.

So, it begs the question, why would the United boss not want to see this project through and take the youth coming from the academy and the youth he is bringing in to the very top of European football? Although it seems his new deal shows he is heavily invested in putting the reds back to where we rightfully belong, at the top of English football.

Written by Dan Pearce

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