Jose Mourinho has told senior players at Manchester United that he plans to implement fast and attacking football next season in a bid to reintroduce the glory years experienced under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Manchester United fans have been left pining for the return of their old manager, not because of the array of trophies they won under his stewardship but because of the exciting football his teams played.
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal both instilled a philosophy that prioritised defensive stability over scoring goals, leading to a seemingly unprecedented amount of 0-0 draws at Old Trafford over the last three seasons.
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With Mourinho now in charge, fans and officials alike feared a repeat of the situation they found themselves in the last campaign. The Special One's reputation is based on his pragmatic approach, one which may have contributed to his downfall at Chelsea.
The likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar were reportedly unhappy with the lack of freedom they were allowed under Mourinho and ultimately led to him losing the respect of the dressing room. That was then, however, and this is now.
According to the Mirror, Mourinho has spoken to team captain Wayne Rooney, goalkeeper David de Gea, and midfielder Michael Carrick to outline his plans for the season ahead. In that conversation was a vision of bringing back the exciting style that brought them so much success and won so many fans under Ferguson.
The 53-year-old has been successful with such an approach before, most notably at Real Madrid, where, in 2012, his team averaged over three goals a game en route to winning La Liga with 100 points.
Another reservation fans had was Mourinho's apparent inability to blood youth prospects into the senior ranks. Again, he was criticised for not affording more first-team time to the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Charly Musonda.
But once again Mourinho has promised to change his ways to fit into Manchester United tradition. He has told those same senior players that the likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Marcus Rashford can expect to play an important part in his plans over the coming years.
With Borussia Dortmund’s goal-scoring midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to join in the coming days, Mourinho appears to be building a team capable of quality attacking football.
Whether he can match his idol, Ferguson, is another question altogether.
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