The new managers of the two most decorated clubs in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho and David Moyes, have a lot to answer in their new managerial spells. Not only do they have to fuse up their respective squads' into a harmonious army, but are also expected to lead their teams into an era of glory and dominance.
Nobody would want to be Moyes' steps these days. Replacing, perhaps, the most iconic manager in footballing (or perhaps all sports) history, the Scotsman may be having sleepless nights.
Having failed to win a single trophy with Everton in his 10 years at the helm, he comes to the most decorated club in the Premier League. He has to reinforce a squad, that is not the best in the league, and lacks some critical backbone players. But, he has been unable to sign on any marquee player, even the highly needed midfielder. Is this sign of things to come for United?
Jose Mourinho's case is a little different, though no less stressful. The Portuguese think-tank returns to a Club where he has left a legacy, no one has been able to excel or even match. Jose has won on various shores, but has rarely received the love he got at Chelsea. But now, that love would be conditional; he has to deliver what he made the Chelsea fans get accustomed to: trophies and results!
Heading a transitional Chelsea team, that is capable of dominating world football, at least on paper, Mourinho has to infuse into them consistency and confidence, the things that marred their campaign last year. He has to mould the youngsters and progressively slate in the new-comers into the voids that his old boys Frank Lampard, John Terry, Petr Cech and Ashley Cole will leave.
In the transfer Window, Moyes, had to chase a vastly sought Gareth Bale for sometime, toy about Lewandowski and even unsuccessfully bid for Cesc Fabregas. The fairy-tale Ronaldo return, which would have been a dream beginning for Moyes, never got the steam.
Mourinho has done somewhat better and signed on Andre Schurrle, the highly rated German winger. With Mark Schwarzer and Marco Van Ginkel, the Portuguese has made two very smart signings, that could prove pivotal this season and beyond. But he has not brought in a star striker that Chelsea, perhaps need the most, pinning his hopes on the young Romelu Lukaku, and the struggling Demba Ba and Fernando Torres.
However, Mourinho has dented Moyes' new shiny armour already, without a ball being kicked. With his eyes' set on Wayne Rooney, he has made the job all the more difficult for the Scotsman.
Pouring in praise for Rooney, Mourinho made an official bid for the star striker. And although the bid was immediately shot down, it was enough to dismantle the United harmony. Jose has reinstated that Rooney will be the only signing Chelsea will try for this window, further reinstating their confidence in him.
Given Chelsea's strike squad, Rooney knows he can easily break into the first team. And by acquiring Rooney, not only will Chelsea gain a very clinical forward, but also deprive their opposition of a very potent weapon.
If Mourinho does manage to grasp Rooney from Moyes' clutches, it would only be the first act of a rivalry that could go on for well beyond the decade.
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