Jose Mourinho: The Angry One

Since Jose Mourinho took charge at Old Trafford last summer, we have seen a different side to the Portuguese. He described himself as “The special one” when he first arrived in English football, on his second coming at Chelsea he said he was “The happy one”. Now though, it seems Jose is the angry one.

Jose’s behaviour throughout the season, is not reminiscent of a happy man. Throughout his days at Chelsea, even though there were some bad times you still got the sense Jose was enjoying life. At Manchester United he does not seem to be enjoying the challenge. He is at one of the best clubs in the Premier League, with owners that will invest in the team. This season may not have gone to plan for Mourinho, but his demeanour suggests that maybe he is falling out of love with management.

Mourinho, perhaps underestimated the challenge in front of him last summer. Manchester United was never going to be a quick fix, there have been defensive issues at the club for a few seasons which are yet to be resolved. It will be a big summer at Old Trafford, if Mourinho wants to get the club challenging for the league again, there needs to be a big clear out.

Manchester United won the league cup earlier in the season, they also have the chance to life the Europa League on Wednesday evening. However, in the Premier League they have struggled to keep pace with the likes of Chelsea and Spurs. A sixth placed finish is simply not good enough for a club the size of Manchester United. The club have the chance to achieve the double this season, but a top four finish was always the priority. Win on Wednesday and Manchester United will be playing Champions League football again. It will be no easy task, they are up against a young and hungry Ajax side, who are a real threat.

The promise of Champions League football attracts top players. Mourinho knows that, his focus has been on winning the Europa League for some time now. If Mourniho does lift the Europa League and it’s a big if, maybe just maybe we will finally see a smile from the Portuguese. There is no doubting that Jose is one of the greatest managers around, however his Manchester United career has not quite lived up to expectations. Mourinho will be working tirelessly on transfers after the Europa League final against Ajax, after Wednesday the club will know whether they can attract the top players. Champions League football is a massive pull for any player, without it – A club struggles to attract the big names.

Hopefully Jose has not fallen out love with the game, and we see a much happier Mourinho on the sidelines next season.

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