Three the lucky charm?


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Jose Mourinho, the new manager at Manchester United is under a great amount of pressure. You ask why? Well, let us take into account that the past two managers of Manchester United post the ‘Ferguson’ era didn’t quite live up to the expectations. We had David Moyes, arguably Ferguson’s only mistake as a Manchester United manager when he recommended his name as his successor. That turned out to be a catastrophe as he not only got United out of the Champions league but also out of European football for an entire year. With horrid results against the City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and even his ex club Everton….. David Moyes’s United wasn’t his anymore.

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Helpless and bruised after a horrid season, the Devil’s extended their hand to the Netherland’s coach, Louis Van Gaal. Clinching a title in less than a month since his appointment after beating teams like Real Madrid and Liverpool in the pre season friendlies and the International Champions Cup, gave the fans the glimmer of hope they were looking for. But when the first match of the season came along things didn’t go his way, when Swansea City humiliated the Red Devils at home. It was Louis Van Gaal that brought some light into their campaign when he booked their seat on the flight to Europe. But as club legend Paul Scholes said “Manchester United is not a team that needs to fight for a Champions league spot, but rather the team that wins the Premier League.”

Things went down south for the Dutch when he made some silly gambles in the transfer market by losing out on players like Van Persie, Chicharito, Di Maria, who during the exact same season turned many heads with their breathtaking performances for their respective clubs. Having been appreciated for bringing up talented youngsters into the first team such as Martial, Barthwick Jackson, Fosu Mensah, Lingaard and the recent addition to the England Euro squad, Marcus Rashford. Van Gaal still didn’t come close to completing Manchester United’s Ultimate goal, the Premier League. Even after ending the 12 year FA Cup draught and bringing silverware back to the cob webbed trophy cabinet, Louis Van Gaal was sacked only to leave the throne for The Special one, Jose Mourinho.

When Sir Bobby Charlton met Mourinho and congratulated him on his appointment, Mourinho replied ” Congratulate me when I start winning.”


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