There’s no doubt that since Manchester United’s second defeated to Brighton in less than a year Jose Mourinho has faced a plethora of criticism. With some even calling the Portugeses’ methods out dated.
Many have touted ex Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane as a worthy replacement for Mourinho should he flounder in his attempt to bring the Red Devils back to the pinnacle of world football once again.
Zidane however, would seem an illogical choice for a club the size of United. Yes, he has one three consecutive Champions League crowns with Real Madrid but one must not forget that he did inherit a squad of probably the most talented players in the World. A squad built by Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti.
Mourinho, as stated many times by himself, lays the foundation for other managers to build success upon while also delivering silverware, two of the things United sorely need at this point in time.
Many seem to think Mourinho has lost his mojo which made him such a threat early on in his career but the fact remains that since he arrived at Old Trafford there has been undeniable progress, with United qualifying for Champions League action in both of his terms as well as reaching the Europa League, League Cup and FA Cup final, winning the former two.
If anything Mourinho’s third season is only hampered by the signings, or lack thereof, made by Ed Woodward in the summer. There is no reason why a club of United’s stature, who’s Chairman has regularly boasted ‘can do things in the transfer market other clubs can only dream of’, should be spending anything less than £100 million in the transfer market, especially when they have finished 19 points behind their biggest rivals.
Mourinho is a serial winner and should not be judged after just two games of the new season. Form is temporary, class is permanent and with enough time, patience and sufficient investment, the Portuguese is sure to show his class.