Newly appointed manager Jose Mourinho is looking forward to coaching in front of the Manchester United fans. Mourinho has coached at Old Trafford before from the opposing bench. Now that he is in the hot-seat at the Theatre of Dreams, Mourinho will look to impress the fans he once looked to sadden. With impressive transfers early on and an incredible winning record from his past, Mourinho has already impressed the United fan base, but will need results to back that up. There is a lot of work still to be done and Mourinho knows that he has to get the results to win over the fans who will only be happy when the team can get back to its winning ways. Mourinho spoke to Manchester United’s official website in a message to the fans.
“I understand that they expect a lot from me but I also expect a lot from them. There is no chance we will be happy if we are not together and I think the passion [they have] for this club is really amazing.
“It’s a new chapter in the club’s life. Always when you change a manager, I feel it is a sad moment but it is a new chapter now. We have brought a few new faces in, we will keep some others but, in the end, it doesn’t matter who the manager is, it doesn’t who the new players are or who is staying or leaving, it’s Man United and Man United is much more than any one of us.
“The passion the fans have is for the club and I feel that I am a club man. When I arrived, I wore the [United] shirt immediately and this is the kind of club and the kind of shirt that I am very proud to represent. I am going to do my best to be happy and to make the people happy.”
Mourinho has been vocal since his appointment, even making an Instagram account to document his early times with the club. The manager is embracing life at United, and has to change his views on using youth players, a quality he has lacked in his past clubs. Though he claims to have a better past than many believe, he has to change his mentality. His game plan is one that is not complicated: win games and win trophies. How? Out-score and out-defend the opposition. It may sound arrogant, but Mourinho has always shown a confident nature in the way he speaks. Mourinho has also been one of the more vocal managers during his tenure, a quality of his that the Portuguese manager does not plan on changing.
“I’m not humble when I talk about targets, I’m quite aggressive on that. I want everything and everything is to win matches, play well, score goals, don’t concede goals… everything. I want everything. I know that we are speaking about a hypothetical situation which is very difficult to reach but I want everything.”
It has been a long time since United has won “everything” but Mourinho’s passion and past record prove that it can be done with time. With UEFA Champions League not in the picture this season as United will play Thursday nights in the Europa League, the club can focus on the Premier League and defending the FA Cup title it won last season with Louis van Gaal. Fans should be excited, just as any fan is when change with the promise of improvement is made. Mourinho brings a different United, which should inspire players to play harder and be even more positive about title hopes. Mourinho seems to bring silverware wherever he goes, and with a fan base used to winning trophies, Mourinho is certainly aware of the expectations and knows he needs to have quick success in order to keep the faith of the Old Trafford faithful.