Once upon a time, Jose Mourinho was considered as the premier coach in world football. “The Special One” could seemingly do no wrong, having turned Chelsea into a formidable force in the Premier League in his first spell.
Following success in Italy with Inter Milan – and some mixed results with Real Madrid – Mourinho returned to Chelsea, enjoying success in his comeback season. As second season syndrome kicked in, Mourinho lost the dressing room. Not even a site like https://www.freebets.org.uk/ would have come to expect the ignominious nature of his departure from a club where he was considered a legend. That’s football for you.
In 2017/18, Mourinho was expected to spearhead a challenge for the Premier League title, which has eluded United since 2012/13. While United’s neighbors enjoyed a record-breaking season – becoming the first team to reach 100 points – Mourinho and the red-half of Manchester ended the season without a trophy.
Alexis Sanchez was expected to add a little more firepower up front, but flattered to deceive for the most part. The culmination of the season ended in a respectable 2nd place in the league, but Mourinho and his players lost the FA Cup final in an underwhelming match at Wembley in May, which seemed to sum up the season simply second best.
No Longer the “Special One”
Mourinho has seemed to lose the qualities which were what made him such a success in the first place. When we scratch the surface, it seems that there are two main reasons why he has failed to make a significant mark in two seasons at United.
One part of this is his negative tactics, which do not appear to have evolved with the demands of current times. It is ironic that two players he had at Chelsea – Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Liverpool’s Mo Salah – were the two standout players of the season. Both are incredible attackers, with freedom to express themselves in a way that Mourinho seems to stifle in his own players like Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.
The second reason why Mourinho has yet to hit the mark at United is the over-reliance on a structure which seems to be incongruous with what made his best players standout in other teams. Pogba and Sanchez are forced to adhere to tactics which considerably drain them of the expression which could, in other circumstances, inspire big performances. The Portuguese can sign a number of players in a similar vein to both, and yield the same results.
A Big Season for Mourinho
It’s back to the drawing board for Mourinho, as he attempts to find a way to challenge Pep Guardiola and hold off the inevitable progress of Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool. With Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham and Unai Emery at Arsenal also plotting success next season, Mourinho will need to really take some chances in order to find success in what will be a massive season for him.
If next season produces no silverware for United, Mourinho may be looking for another job this time next year.