Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that the Manchester United managerial hot-seat is easier than the one at Stamford Bridge, ahead of the two sides’ clash later today.
The Special One returned to west London in 2013 after successful ventures at Inter Milan and Real Madrid and though he endured a trophy-less season in his first campaign back in England he looks set to clinch the Premier League title.
United easier than Chelsea?
One of the only teams still capable of stopping him from doing that are United, now managed by Louis van Gaal, who themselves have enjoyed a far better rub of the green this term.
The arrival of their Dutch manager appears to have been a catalyst for a change in fortunes, but Mourinho, who himself was linked with the United job after Sir Alex Ferguson retired, believes his colleague has it easier than he does.
"Yes, it's easier," said Mourinho, according to the Daily Mail.
"It was easier before at Chelsea, but it's more fun like this. More difficult of course. We sold a lot of players, not just Juan," the Blues boss said.
Of course comparing the two details in terms of which one is more difficult is hard due to the fact that the respective boards have had differing expectations. Mourinho was under immediate pressure to win silverware this season due to his side’s inability to do so last time around, whilst the spotlight was on Van Gaal to transform a side that only managed a seventh placed finish during the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.
If it’s taken into account that both men had handsome financial backing and the benefit of already boasting a number of quality players then there’s very little to split the two, although United fans are sure to believe Van Gaal has had to work harder for the success he’s had.
Balancing the books
Mourinho though, with his reference to Financial Fair Play, would argue that balancing Chelsea’s books has been a task that has put his position under more strain than he had whilst in his first stint with the club. That may be the case, but Van Gaal is sure to experience similar issues come next season if he splurges once more on the best talent available.
Football fans, who has the harder job, Mourinho or Van Gaal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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