After months of speculations and fending rumours, Manchester United officially announced the appointment of José Mourinho as their newest manager.
“I am a Special One” were the words that marked the arrival of a manager who etched his name in the history books and in the hearts of the fans for generations to come. He became a force to reckon with. Before Mourinho became ‘Mourinho’, his only recognisable feat was winning the UEFA Champions League with the Portuguese club, FC Porto. The win was a glimpse of Mourinho’s ability to steer things in his favour as FC Porto had beaten the likes of Manchester United en route to winning the coveted trophy.
Since then, alongside his banter, sly remarks and mind games, he has won back-to-back premier leagues titles with Chelsea, before joining Inter Milan and winning a European treble in the process. After a short stint with Real Madrid, Mourinho returned to manage Chelsea in 2013 as the ‘Happy One’ and won the Premier League title once again within just two years. So far, so good.
It is said that “a good start is half done”, but the other half is still left. 2015 was the beginning of an abysmal campaign and it was Chelsea’s worst run of form in over a decade. Not exactly known for his patience, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich waited long enough before finally relieving Mourinho of his duties for the second time.
People thought Mourinho was done but he returns as the manager of one of the biggest clubs in football. Some say he is here to prove a point, however I feel he has much more on his plate. He has an uphill task of re-building a club, which has fallen into pieces since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. He is the third manger to join Manchester United in 4 years, since no other manager has been able to emulate even an iota of what Sir Alex had given the club for a record 26 years.
Though it can’t be denied that Mourinho is an elite manager, from his downfall at Chelsea to his appointment at Manchester United is worth raising a few eyebrows and yet it comes as no surprise that he hasn’t even taken a step back in his career despite his short comings. He took no time to put another trademark dialogue into the books upon his appointment as manager.
He said, “To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is mystique and romance about it which no other club can match. I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it has hosted some important memories for me in my career and I have always enjoyed a rapport with the United fans.”
Though to continue to enjoy that rapport, he has to speak in the only language they truly understand and that is results. The fans want results, and they want it today. And if there is someone who can, it’s Mourinho. That is what he brings to Manchester United.
Is he really upto the task though? United fans can only wait and hope for the best, because with the likes of Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Arsène Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino, Jürgen Klopp and Claudio Ranieri in the mix, the task of rejuvenating the Theatre of Dreams to its glorious days only became a more Herculean task than it ever was.