Polar Opposites: Mourinho & Manchester United

Written by Phillip Ettedem 

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho; Two polar oppositesThe 2014/2015 BPL could be ranked high up there as one of the most exciting and breathtaking seasons that has ever been witnessed not only in England but in the whole footballing World as we watched in awe as little known Leicester City won the title ahead of their more illustrious opponents plus with the new bumper TV deal coming in next season and the managers on display in Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and of course the latest managerial acquisition by Manchester United in the person of Jose Mourinho with this we are in for a treat for the next BPL season.

Someone might be wondering what I mean by polar opposites I will be explaining what I mean Manchester United as a football club had their foundations built on winning, longevity and blooding in homegrown players into the main squad the former referring to managers who stay long and are just not appointed to do a quick fix but to build a team which will be able to dominate England and Europe at large examples of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson come to mind and the latter referring to homegrown players being given an opportunity to shine such as the class of 92 and even players like Johnny Evans, Phil Neville, Darren Fletcher and even Wes brown were given a shot at holding down a regular first team in the 21st century but after the unpopular reign of David Moyes who was sacked after a season where Manchester United were at an all time low and Louis Van Gaal had two seasons of philosophical football which mostly was very boring with the backwards and sideway passing but he did manage to unearth players from the academy like Rashford, Varela,Brothwich Jackson, Jesse Lingard, Paddy McNair just to mention a few despite his FA Cup triumph but his failure to qualify for the UCL ended his adventure in Old Trafford.

Now this is the part where Mourinho comes in as he is almost the exact opposite apart from the winning perspective. He has won different titles in Italy, Portugal, Spain and even in England and not forgetting two UCL titles and him also being a pragmatic coach able to play attacking football and also the ability to grind out wins when they need it but then again you remember he is always a person that loves challenges and isn’t afraid to take them as they come and blooding in homegrown players is not his forte except for few exceptions like Carlos Alberto and Varane.

There is a saying that opposites attract let’s hope it does work out for both parties as this incoming season already promises to be the toughest one yet.



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