The return of “The Special One” to the Premier League has finally be confirmed and with that deal thrusts Manchester United from Top Four hopefuls to genuine Premier League contenders.
Jose Mourinho is a talented coach and love him or hate him, he is a manager who wins trophies. He has signed a 3 year deal with the red side of Manchester and will go head to head with his best friend Pep Guardiola. The media must be licking their lips with excitement and to be fair, it is a mouth-watering prospect.
One thing you can be certain of with Jose Mourinho is that he goes to manage a team to win, and to make that happen he needs assurances that the odds are firmly stacked in his favour – meaning that it is almost guaranteed that he will be given a massive transfer budget to create a title-winning squad. Which is a daunting prospect for the rest of the league.
You can say whatever you like about Mourinho and whether he starts to lose the dressing room in his 3rd season, but the fact remains once he arrives at your club, he wins trophies. In the first two seasons at a new team are usually the most successful in a Mourinho-era as it were.
Considering he usually moves to a completely different league from where he managed previously, this will be his 4th consecutive campaign in the Premier League so he knows the league inside out. He knows what it takes to win the title and you can be sure Manchester United will be giving him everything he needs to achieve it.
Mourinho is a serial winner and when you put his tactical knowledge and Manchester United’s resources together you have a recipe for success. And compare him to the other title rivals, he still has the strongest horse in the race.
Pep Guardiola has a re-building job at Manchester City and will be in a league where he doesn’t have the strongest team for once. Jürgen Klopp will be starting his first full season with Liverpool but without Champions League football might not be able to attract the big names they need to challenge at the top. Tottenham looked impressive last season but can they replicate the same form next season? And Arsenal are nowhere near looking like they have the players and personnel that have the mental strength to fight for a while season.
Many are predicting the toughest Premier League season for a long time and there’s no doubt that there will be about 6/7 teams who think they can reach the Top Four / win the title, but for me Manchester United are the team to beat while the others are fighting for second place.