Mourinho is no longer Manchester United manager! The news has been awaited for long and finally it’s been shared.
Unless you’ve been out of this world the last few days you heard that Jose Mourinho has been relieved of his managerial duties at Manchester United. Self-proclaimed Special One lasted 2 and a half years at the helm but eventually everybody’s satisfied it’s over. Probably even himself!
Mourinho smartly chose to take over after other managers got United fans used to disappointments.
The club had qualified for Europa League and played such boring football that even his teams would be ashamed of.
Shortly, he could hardly do worse then his predecessors!
In his first year he, as it turned out, rightfully targeted international success as his ticket to Europe’s prime competition, Champions League!
On the way he managed to take home additional 2 cups and by doing so made a flying start; 3 trophies and qualification to the most important competition. Job done and everybody’s cheering!
Everything was presented to be fine even if Premier league top was so far away United couldn’t see it with a binocular.
Second year demonstrated all the Portuguese’s appointment shortcomings. No attacking, sexy football. Or at least watchable! Consequently no trophies. Only reached target was Champions League qualification
Champions League second round exit against Sevilla was a warning which had to be taken seriously. But Mourinho, as usually, talked his way out of it and his tram continued with modest performances and likewise results.
He’ll always point out the trophies he’s won in his career and won’t acknowledge that times have changed and he also needs to.
His tricks just don’t bring important triumphs any more.
The team has its weak points which are need to be fixed but also heavily underused strengths. Quality is there, especially in the attacking area, that needs to be put in conditions to flourish.
Mourinho stubbornly insisted with negative football which isn’t suited neither to club and his history, neither to the roller-coaster at his disposal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over. Club legend and scorer of one of the most important goals in club’s illustrious past.
Managerial experience is missing, particularly at top level, but available group of players need somebody to let them play and not worry to much that a wrong pass will hurt manager’s feelings.
Perhaps people upstairs are trying to find inspiration in recent fortunes seen at Real Madrid and partially at Chelsea with Di Matteo’s appointment.
At this moment it’s fair to say that probably anybody would be better than the Portuguese!
Even a conflicting character as him still has some elite suitors left in European football. Real Madrid president is keen to bring him back even if that would be an unpopular move with Blancos demanding crowd. And also with some of squad’s key figures.
Anyway it’s general knowing that Perez doesn’t listen too much and does things his way.
Other possible destination is Inter Milan. In Lombardi he has a divine status and virtually could return whenever he wants.
Both clubs are going thru rough patches and season could turn out non-satisfactory which usually means managerial change.
Portuguese football federation would let him in charge even part-time and without any limits. Past approaches weren’t successful but this time Mourinho could be the one to offer his services. And probably would be accepted.
There are numerous possibilities outside Europe for Mourinho but he’s a type of person that needs to be in the center of things and hardly will agree to ridiculous sums of money to settle for “big fish in a small pond” situation.
Eventually Mourinho’s adventure in Manchester ended in familiar and expected fashion. Some silverware at the beginning, little eye-catching football, a lot of controversy and public laundry washing, criticizing everything and everybody around him and inevitable sacking.