Jose Mourinho’s appointment by Manchester United is finally confirmed. The Portuguese is known for success and has been regarded as the man who will finally be able to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson and leave the right kind of legacy at Old Trafford.
However, it would be erroneous to expect Mourinho to come and take the league by storm immediately. Getting the 21st league title in his first season in charge would be a little far fetched, but of course, possible. As things stand with the bookmakers, LeoVegas Sports have United a distant fourth in their predictions for next season, although a few smart summer transfers can quickly change all that.
Mourinho will have to spend in the summer considerably to add players to the squad. There is little doubt that there needs to be changes made to make the squad competitive in the league as well as deal with the additional games in the Europa League and the two domestic cups. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Karim Benzema have been linked with moves. It makes sense as United relied primarily on Anthony Martial for the goals with Wayne Rooney faltering and that burden needs to be shared considering the amount of games there will be next season.
He will also have the job of revitalising the quality players who didn’t show what they were about last season in Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay.
With the league only going to be tougher considering the changes made by clubs in managerial positions, Jose Mourinho — one of those appointments — will have to look at the Europa League seriously as it offers the avenue of playing Champions League in the next season. Moreover, the Europa League cannot be disregarded as a second tier European competition as Manchester United simply need to get back to winning trophies and they would hope that the FA Cup win under Louis van Gaal proves to be equally effective as the FA Cup win under Sir Alex Ferguson many years ago, as the onslaught of silverware begins.
A successful first season for Jose Mourinho would be getting United back to the Champions League which can be through either winning the Europa League, or finishing in the top 4. Considering its Mourinho, who is vastly experienced, successful and accustomed to the Premier League, it won’t be surprising if he goes above and beyond too.