Real Madrid star brands Jose Mourinho ‘opportunistic’

Ever since Jose Mourinho was appointed the manager of Manchester United, there have been plenty of questions as to whether United has finally found the right appointment. Jose Mourinho has been a divisive figure for many years of his career, and it is tough to draw the line between the pros and cons of his short-term success with potential long-term drawbacks.

Many people were excited to see Mourinho bring titles back to United with the ‘swagger’ and fear that United is known for. Tactically clever football, gifted footballers, and unrivalled passion are at the top of United fans’ lists right now, and they are expecting to see all of it under Mourinho. However, all the fantastic work done with youth by the previous manager Louis van Gaal is something people hope Mourinho doesn’t forget, as he has built a reputation for ignoring youth talent throughout his career.

His reputation has not been helped by Real Madrid star Dani Carvajal, who did not have the most glowing praise for Mourinho’s responsibilities with youth management. Speaking in an interview with Marca, Carvajal did not seem happy about Mourinho’s decision to loan him to Bayer Leverkusen when he felt he was ready to replace Alvaro Arbeloa in Real’s first team squad.

“Mourinho was a bit opportunistic. “When I returned he’d say that I’d needed that year away. And if I hadn’t done well then he’d have said that I wasn’t good enough to play for Madrid. If it happened, I was good. If it hadn’t happened, I was bad. I think I was already perfectly ready for the first team.”

Carvajal’s words may be a tad bit bitter, but there could be some merit to what he is saying, as his first full year at Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti was their La Decima season. Carvajal was pinpointed as one of the best-attacking full-backs in Europe at such a young age, and he has since never looked back. An injury is set to prevent him from going to Euro 2016, with Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin replacing him, but Carvajal has since been replaced by Danilo in Real Madrid’s starting lineup.

This story will be alarming to most United fans, who, regardless of whether or not they will admit it, are still skeptical about Mourinho’s ability to incorporate United’s unbelievable current youth generations into his side. There are signs that Mourinho will break his typical trend of supposed ignorance at United, though. Players like Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are expected to be a part of the first team next year, particularly considering the former and the latter just signed new contracts.

There is something to be said about a different Mourinho at United than at his other clubs. Mourinho seems to be demonstrating some understanding of the club’s philosophies and footballing trends while maintaining his normal ruthlessness in business while having the sweet soft-spot for working the way United wants him to work. Whatever Carvajal may say, it seems Mourinho is on his own path to success at United, and the recipes are slowly being created for a great deal of success in the coming years.

Written by Aaron Moniz


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