Mourinho to became new manager for Manchester United, faces challenges ahead, Jose Mourinho went to Manchester United’s training ground on a quiet Monday afternoon, and United’s new manager walked around the glass-fronted rooms who’s his former red rivals once plotted his downfall.
Along with his assistant Rui Faria, and escorted by executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, Mourinho have a conversation with United legend Sir Bobby Charlton and John Murtough, the United’s head of elite development and some of the club’s media staff.
Nick Cox, the new head of United’s academy operations, also arrived at Carrington to greet and say hellos, and the place was busy with dispirited footballers and staff.
Mourinho to became new manager for Manchester United, faces challenges ahead
Mourinho, who recently replaced Louis Van Gaal, saw a diffent place but for him that is about to take over the managerial spot in July 4, he takes his desk in overlooking the lush training practices to the southwest of Manchester’s urban fringe.
Mourinho’s appointment had energized and gave thrills to the club most especially supporters, and they expected him to start well in handling the operations hub of the squad.
He became optimistic and he’ll know that some players heard some horror stories about working with him, but the Portugese has plenty of advocates too, especially from Porto and his first spell at Chelsea.
On the other hand, South African international Benni McCarthy who played for Van Gaal showed his support over Mourinho appointment at United.
However, McCarthy was the one who helped Porto knock out Manchester in Champions League in 2003-04. He is a united fan, so the feeling was bittersweet, which dismayed his manager.
Mourinho knows that the vast majority of united fans wanted him to take over for many months and there are others that he must convince. Those people will worry that he initially fine but suddenly starts agitating a win-at-all costs mentality and lack of humility. Not that Sir Alex Ferguson was a shrinking violet.
The 53-year old manager also knows that there will be doubts about his record with younger players, no matter how united fans try to indicate statistics to make their new executive look good.
It’s a work in progress that will be tweaked with the agreement and input of the new manager, who himself sounding out to the players about his next move before he knew for certain that he would be in Manchester.
The general has his trusted soldiers to lean on and he had his time to rest and focus on what transpired at Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Mourinho can be a better manager than what he’s been, which is certainly United fans hope and they will have a deep expectation on what he’s about to plan for the club.
He will have the power to sign whatever he wants. While convincing players to join a club without Champions League football is another issue, fans are liable to support him as he attempt to return United to greatness.
As David Moyes and Van Gaal realized, being a united manager is a tough job but Mourinho’s self-assurance and excellent track record will make him a top appointee
Mourinho will also benefit from taking over Van Gaal and not after Sir Alex Ferguson, because expectations have been withered.
The new man in charge will make dramatic roster revamp, and those players who are currently in vacation at Dubai, Las Vegas or Marbella, or those preparing for Copa America and Euro Cup 2016, are naturally anxious yet excited on what their future holds.
Mourinho hopes things will be different and better under him. They usually are.