Jose Mourinho has turned Manchester United back into a major force once again.
The Portuguese won the Europa League and the EFL Cup in his debut season at Old Trafford but it’s Man United’s start to the season that has opponents fearing the Red Devils once again.
‘Fearing’ might be an exaggeration - Liverpool had Man United on the back foot for 90 minutes on Saturday - but there’s no doubting the 13-time Premier League winners are viewed as contenders once again.
Of course, much of Mourinho’s success has been a result of the money that’s been made available to him.
According to transfermarkt, Mourinho has spent more than £300 million since last summer. He’s improved the squad in all areas, with Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku the most notable arrivals.
The next target is a Premier League trophy. Saturday’s draw at Liverpool continued Man United’s unbeaten start to the season and it appears the title will be fought between themselves and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Mourinho will sign contract extension - on one condition
The optimism surrounding the Red Devils is tempered slightly by Mourinho’s reputation for not staying at a club longer than three years.
After the 2018-19 season, what’s to say the 54-year-old won’t walk if he hasn’t won the Premier League?
Well, The Guardian believe Mourinho is ready to sign a contract extension, but only on one condition.
The manager wants a “big pay rise”, one that reflects his achievements at Man United and the club’s current status since his arrival.
He's on £15m a year right now
Mourinho currently earns around £15 million a year but The Guardian claim he wants “a marked improvement on his package of salary and incentives to reflect the success he has brought and the team’s evolution under him.”
The report comes days after Mourinho gave an interview to French broadcaster TF1 in which he guaranteed he won’t end his career at Old Trafford, and expressed his admiration for the current situation at Paris Saint-Germain.
“The only thing I can say is that I’m still a coach with worries, with ambitions and with the desire to do new things,” he told Telefoot. “And I don’t believe ... no, I’m sure that I won’t end my career here.”
He added: “At the moment in Paris there is something special. Magic, quality, youth, it’s fantastic.”
Sounds like someone’s using PSG to get a pay rise.
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