According to Sun Sport new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will return from his holidays a week earlier than expected to take charge at the AON training complex. Jose Mourinho has been on a six-month long vacation since getting the sack by Chelsea back in December and now it looks as if this will come to an end as he heads into Manchester hoping to make an instant impact on the club and bring success back to the Red Devils.
One man who knows a thing or two about success at Manchester United is legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and it is rumoured that one of the reasons that ‘The Special One’ is coming to Carrington early is to hold talks with Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson and Mourinho have had an interesting relationship since they first met back in 2004 where a Porto side managed by none other than Mourinho knocked United out of the Champions League in the semi-finals. Since then Mourinho has joined Chelsea and gone head to head with Sir Alex Ferguson in the Premier League, where both managers had varying degrees of success with Mourinho winning two successive Premier League titles, but ultimately he was fired by Roman Abramovich after a disappointing start to his third season in charge, after which Sir Alex Ferguson went on to win the title for Manchester United, so ultimately he may have had the last laugh there.
Also on Mourinho’s agenda when he arrives at Carrington are his plans to dismantle his predecessor Louis Van Gaal’s training set up. When Van Gaal arrived at Manchester United after the world cup he planned on introducing a 3-4-1-2 formation to the players which were totally alien to most of the squad, so in a bid to see how well players had adapted to the system and to see how well each player fit into different positions in the formation the Dutchman had £3 million cameras installed around the training pitches. In my opinion taking down these ‘Big Brother’ esque cameras can only be a good thing players are under so much scrutiny nowadays and when there every move is being watched in training they may feel that they are not allowed to express themselves as much as they may want to, which may have been damaging to the squad morale. Van Gaal even admitted that Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick had to talk to him about the dressing room being flat during his time in charge of the club.
Mourinho will also be able to conduct more transfer business once he is back from the Maldives. Eric Bailly was Mourinho’s first signing since being announced as manager, and as we head closer to pre-season more transfers will take place, both incomings and outgoings. Henrik Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, and James Rodriquez are all rumoured to be targets of Mourinho’s. One of Mourinho’s targets Zlatan Ibrahimović today announced that his next club will be Manchester United on social media, so the squad reshuffling is already well underway as players who don’t meet the needs of the new manager will be jettisoned out of the club, to make way for the new players heading to Old Trafford.