Since Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Manchester United, there seems to be a dramatic change in attitude from everyone at the club.
The Red Devils have suffered three disappointing campaigns since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, finishing seventh, fourth and fifth.
But, after the appointment of the Special One, United are expected to challenge for Premier League titles with immediate effect. That expectation has only been heightened with the signings of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan - while Paul Pogba seems close to a sensational return.
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However, it won’t be all plain sailing for the Old Trafford club next season. That’s because Mourinho is slightly concerned with having to juggle the Europa League and the Premier League. With Louis van Gaal's side missing out on a top-four finish last season on goal difference, it means Mourinho will have to make do with a place in the lesser European competition - something that he doesn't seem too excited about.
You need to rotate players,” Mourinho told The Sun.
“The Premier League doesn’t make any favours for you. You play Thursday and then I don’t think they are going to play us Monday, they are going to play us Sunday and probably at 12 o’clock.
“It is the worst. For the Premier League it is the worst.
“It is much easier to be a Champions League team. Obviously it is much easier to be what Liverpool were two years ago, no Champions League and what Chelsea are next season with no Champions League.
“One complete week to work every week, that is a dream. That is a dream for a manager who wants to improve his team.
So we are in the worst possible situation.”
Despite United being in “the worst possible situation,” they are fully expected to challenge for major honours next term. The bookmakers currently rate them as second favourite for Premier League glory but, if they complete the Pogba signing, it would take a very brave person to rule them out.