In his very first press conference as Manchester United manager, it did not take long for Jose Mourinho to pick up where he left off, picking fights with his future opponents and old enemies.
He first called out Arsene Wenger – not for the first time and certainly not the last either – by reminding everyone the fact the Frenchman was still in a job despite not winning the title in over a decade, conveniently disregarding the fact that even if his last title was just over a year ago, his Chelsea team’s defence of it was completely pathetic, leading to his sacking.
He next made sure that he called Manchester United the “biggest club in the country”; a typical and standard comment made by a new manager, but also a dig at rivals Liverpool, Manchester City, and former club Chelsea in the process.
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Mourinho is, of course, a successful coach. 22 career trophies, including eight league titles in Portugal, England, Italy, and Spain speak for themselves, but with all the success, there is always a harmful sideshow.
It is well documented that he rarely lasts more than three years in a job; the friction and tension he creates inevitably leads to a fall-out in the end. This time might be different, but then that was said when he returned to Chelsea, and when he took over at Real Madrid before that.
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His final year at Stamford Bridge is the perfect example. From the disgraceful fall-out with Eva Carneiro on the first day of the season, until the day he was sacked, the story was more about his poor behaviour than on-field matters, a sizable achievement considering the disastrous season his team were having in the league.
Mourinho often lacks respect, and whenever he loses, it is never his fault. He intimidates referees, manipulates opinions, and seemingly has fallen out with everyone possible prior to his departure.
It is easy to see why Manchester United wanted to employ him regardless, he will be a success in terms of trophies. It will be short-term, there will be negativity and there will be fall-outs, but following David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, the club needed someone who can win. Mourinho is that man.
But at what cost? In three years time, no-one would be surprised if yet another manager was being unveiled at Old Trafford. Generally, the cycle is: top four in the first year, title the second, sacked in the third. He certainly is no Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of longevity.
Manchester United need short-term success, but they also need long-term success too, which is something Mourinho doesn't. Only the short-term success matters to him.
There will be another club for Mourinho, but there will not be another Manchester United. The gamble is that short-term success under Mourinho is enough to keep rivals at bay in the longer-term too, by which time, he will have gone.
Only time will tell whether he is worth the gamble or not.
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