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Mourinho will want to leave a legacy at Old Trafford..

Jose Mourinho needs Manchester United stint to be a success

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As Louis van Gaal exits Old Trafford, all eyes are on one man, Jose Mourinho. 

The Portuguese manager has been out of work since his disastrous start to the season with Chelsea, and as he's seen his managerial rivals such as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola take high-profile jobs in the Premier League, it seemed inevitable Mourinho and Manchester United were a match made in heaven.

With opinions split on whether United is right for Mourinho, we'll only be able to make a judgement once he takes the club's pre-season, which will take place in China in July. 

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What might have been overlooked, however, is how desperate Mourinho should be to make his time at United, not just a success, but a legacy. 

All you have to do is go on social media and you'll see the same comments regarding Mourinho, the 'he's only a three-year manager,' or 'his sides don't score enough'. The second comment comes after Chelsea outscored every team in the Premier League when they won it in 2014/15. 

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What Mourinho has achieved so far in his career is nothing less than incredible. Two Champions League titles, and also a domestic league title in each country he's managed in, including Spain, Portugal, Italy and of course, England. 

Mourinho's pattern needs to end

15 years. A rounded number of years Mourinho has spent at FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and once again, Chelsea, respectively. 

An average of around three years, Mourinho has the reputation of being a quick fix. That's why he was linked with the Madrid job once again after Rafa Benitez was sacked. 

He's a serial winner, but only for a short period of time and his career reflects that so far.

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However, United offer Mourinho a chance to change. For not one minute should it be claimed that Mourinho will enjoy a 26-year stint like Sir Alex Ferguson, however, he will have the base to build from and create his own legacy at United.

He'll have the perfect platform to do this, and he'll have to start by sacrificing his own principles, which will be the ultimate test for Mourinho straightaway.

Young players are a must

Will he give the youth players at the club a chance? Mourinho has a consistent track-record of grooming players such as Angel Di Maria, Didier Drogba, even Cristiano Ronaldo to name a few, although he's never nurtured a player through the youth system.

The closest he came was buying Raphael Varane, who was 18 when Mourinho and Madrid signed him in 2011, and he's been ever-present in the side since.

Manchester United v FC Midtjylland - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Second Leg

What may alarm the United board, the fans and most importantly, the young players at the club, will be Mourinho's outlook on youth policy.

During a press conference in April 2015, and with the title wrapped up, Mourinho said the following about blooding in some of Chelsea's youth players at the time:

"I cannot have a squad of 10 men and 10 kids. I must have a squad like we have now of 16 or 17 seniors and three or four kids."

His policy will undoubtedly have to change at Old Trafford, and it could work in his favour.

Despite Van Gaal leaving the club, there is some regret to his departure as he played such a major role in introducing so many younger players, and more importantly, trusting them.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - The Emirates FA Cup Final

The likes of Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and even Anthony Martial, despite being a high-profile signing, have all thrived under his guidance, and if he had have stayed until next season, it would've been that reason alone as to why.

Mourinho needs to have a similar aura and connection, not just for the club, but for himself. If he enjoys a prosperous few years at United, and then hits some turbulence, he'll have sympathy and praise on his side if he's still paying tradition to the club by playing younger players.

At United, Mourinho has the perfect opportunity to rebuild his reputation. Not to criticise him and say it necessarily needs to be, but Mourinho will want to be fondly remembered once he retires. He'll want a legacy and say 'I did that' instead of just hopping between the biggest clubs in Europe.

After all, it's the only thing missing from his accolade-glittered career so far.

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