You’ve read articles from me on this topic more than I’d care to admit, but as we all know, Jose Mourinho endured a difficult start to his Old Trafford career.
The two trophies (three if you listen to Jose) somewhat papered over the cracks but the reality is that United were a long way from a good side last year.
They were dull to watch and they struggled for goals.
Things look rather different this year.
At the time of writing, United are top of the tree – six points from two games, eight goals scored and zero goals conceded.
They’re winning, they’re playing some beautiful football, and they look…well…formidable.
Jose has always built his teams on a big striker.
Think about Didier Drogba, Karim Benzema and Diego Milito.
And he had one last season.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 18, 2017
There’s no doubt that Zlatan Ibrahimovic ticked the boxes of ‘big striker’ last term, but what even the most ardent of United fans would admit is that he wasn’t even the slightest bit mobile.
Sure, he scored all the goals, but that wasn’t enough.
Because he was up top, all of the movement in the final third was slow, and consequently United weren’t able to transition quickly.
It’s different this year though.
We’ve all known for some time that Romelu Lukaku is something special, but things just look right with him in a United shirt.
“I thank their fantastic attitude, all of them.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 20, 2017
Add a midfield with a couple of superstars growing in confidence and ability, and a defence that doesn’t leak goals, together with a goalkeeper that is one of the best in the land and you’ve got a side that is not just difficult to beat, but looks one of the best in the country.
Make no mistake, United might not win the league this year, but they’ll come damn close.
Which means that even though Jose may have endured a difficult first season at Old Trafford, there’s absolutely no doubt that he’s ‘still got it’, and that there’s a lot more to come from this United side.
Jose Mourinho on Man United: “The thing I want to happen is for the team to be losing, so I can see the way we react emotionally.” pic.twitter.com/07wFtSu5ur
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 20, 2017