There is a magical feel at Old Trafford on an almost permanent basis. Walk through the Munich tunnel, stare up at the statues of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson, the Holy Trinity’s statue too, all these monuments set out to remind visitors to the Theatre of Dreams of the greats that came before. It gives you goosebumps just to think about. It takes a special manager to cope with the expectation and the history that comes with Manchester United, and Jose Mourinho has told Adidas front line he has every faith he is the man for the job.
His first press conference was a window into how he feels about the job at hand, but more so how he will set up and the players he will look to sign. But with Adidas the new manager opened up much more on his feelings about the job and the club, it was a good insight into how much he wanted to manage Manchester United. As if fans couldn’t be excited enough he has cranked that up a fair few notches with this latest interview, even whilst recalling on some not so fond memories for United fans.
“Old Trafford… well, even as a kid I was imagining that I could be a top-club manager and I always had this historical connection of Old Trafford being the Theatre of Dreams.
“The first time I managed there it was exactly a dream for me because it was on the way to winning the Champions League with Porto. We scored a goal in the last-minute at Old Trafford and made history for myself and my country. So for me there was always that connection that anything is possible, it’s the Theatre of Dreams.
“I did it with Porto, I won there with Chelsea, I won there with Real Madrid, so why can’t I do it with Man United, playing at home with the fans in the stadium behind us? I am waiting for that.”
He certainly seems enthusiastic about the job, and it seems to back up the theory that the Manchester United post is the one he has always desired. You can even forgive him for bringing back up the times he has visited as opposition manager just by the fact he is so enthusiastic about the whole thing. Mourinho is a winner, it courses through his veins on a day-to-day basis, but it all seems so much more now that he is sat in the hot seat at Old Trafford. People (including myself) have had their doubts over the appointment but interviews like this are putting minds at rest that it won’t be another case of three years and he’s gone. If it’s a legacy he wants, then he is at no better club than this to build one. Statues and memorials aren’t given out to just anyone at Manchester United, and you get the feeling that this special someone has his eyes on having one of his very own by the time he’s finished.