Manchester United has been stuttering ever since Sir Alex left in 2013. Come David Moyes, and we get a
7th place finish in the league. Come Louis van Gaal and we get a 4th and a 5th place finish. Is this the new
Manchester United that their fans must get used to? Louis van Gaal certainly believed that but I don’t
think the fans of one of the greatest clubs of the world will be ready to believe in such a fallacy.
Fast forward to the summer of 2016 and we have a new manager on board, the animated tactical genius
Jose Mourinho. But his appointment has been all but rosy. Pundits and fans alike are immensely skeptical
about him getting the job. A lot of that has got nothing to do with his brilliance but his temperament.
At almost all of his previous clubs, he has had ignominious departures and he hasn’t been able to build a
dynasty (as he himself likes to call it). There have been controversies many in number when it comes to
him. Be it his spat with Abrahamovich during his early Chelsea days or the Casillas controversy during his
time in Madrid or his refusal to part ways with Chelsea mutually in his second stint.
But what we must not forget is that he is the same person who has won the league with all the clubs he’s
been employed by. He knows how to get past big teams and win big games. And for clubs with the
pedigree of Manchester United, winning the big games can prove to make all the difference. One can
never question his tactical genius (arguably the best after Pep Guardiola).
We can all make prophecies but we will only know if he is the right man for United after his 1st season in
charge. What he must be given is time and maybe quite a bit of it!
Written by our intern Vinayak Kalra