The 2006-2007 season was a great one for Manchester United. We had been written off in the summer, with Chelsea destined to win a third title (didn’t anyone tell them that they’d never win three in a row?), and our club well and truly in decline. Our second placed finish and League Cup win from the season before wasn’t enough to prove we could compete with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
But something wonderful happened. We won 5-1 on the opening day of the season, the supposed World Cup enemies, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, combining brilliantly and showing there were no hard feelings, and kept that winning attitude all season. We lead from the top all season and secured our status as Champions two weeks before the end of the season. This meant Mourinho’s men had to endure the humiliation of giving a Guard of Honour to a mainly second-string United team. I took great pleasure in watching John Terry and John Obi Mikel applaud the likes of Kieran Lee, Chris Eagles and Dong on to the field! Still, for all their trying, they couldn’t beat us, and with United fans holding
The following season, Mourinho got sacked a few matches in, after his team were booed off the park by a half empty stadium. Sir Alex Ferguson went on to win the league again that season, as well as the European Cup, whilst Jose sat around jobless.
It seems when Mourinho reflects on his time in the Premiership, he forgets about his last season. Clearly a painful memory that he feels the need to block out.
“Yes Manchester United are the best team in England, but you have to ask how good has the Premiership been since I left?” said Mourinho. “Manchester United have won it with ease since I have gone because no manager has put a team together that can rival them. But my teams always rival Manchester United and Sir Alex knows that. They are a great team, but if I was at a top club in England I think the title race might have been a lot closer this year.”
The last time Mourinho was in a title race with United, he was below us all season, before losing out by eight points the day it was won, two weeks before the season actually ended. Don’t let things like facts get in the away of a good interview though, eh Jose?
“Chelsea have had no stability, Arsenal are nowhere and Liverpool threatened but I don’t think anybody really thought they were ever going to win it,” he continued. “I would not allow a team of mine to be so far behind. It is embarrassing in early March. Manchester United has a great squad, but are their players really that much better than Chelsea or Liverpool’s? I don’t think so. So something else must be the problem and somebody has to take responsibility for that. I beat Manchester with Chelsea and Porto. Now I am ready to beat them with Inter. I feel confident that if I had been at one of the big four clubs I would be close or maybe even above Manchester United.”
So I guess Mourinho has blocked John O’Shea injury time winner at Anfield out of his mind, as most dippers will have tried to do. That goal gave United another three points to take us TWELVE POINTS CLEAR. Chelsea had a game in hand, granted, but that was still a difference of nine points. Who’s embarrassed now, you prick.
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