How well can Jose Mourinho perform at Manchester United?

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With Manchester United in talks to name Jose Mourinho their new manager, and the deal being expected to be completed within days, it is worth having a look at how well the Portuguese could do at Old Trafford.

It doesn't take a footballing genius to recognise that things haven't exactly been 'tickety boo' at Old Trafford ever since the end of the Sir Alex Ferguson days. 

It began with David Moyes, who seeming aged about twenty years in his short-lived nine months.


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Moyes came in and instantly led United to their worst league start in history, putting the pressure on right from the word go. After the removal of the Scot, temporary manager Ryan Giggs came in for the rest of the season, of which his role in proceedings isn't too bad in comparison to his predecessor.

Then, at the start of the 2014 campaign, Louis van Gaal was appointed Manchester United manager, the first manager outside of Britain and Ireland to manage at Old Trafford. 

During Van Gaal's two-year reign, we saw it all at Old Trafford. We saw United completely collapse the older generation of the team, giving debuts to a large number of academy players in the process (such as Jesse Lingard - the FA cup winning goalscorer, and Marcus Rashford - the England Euro 2016 striker after just 17 appearances this season for the Devils).

He also won the FA Cup and was one of the most comedic league managers, including rolling around on the floor of the technical area to represent a dive and also asking his players to play 'horny football'.

However, having journeyed through Manchester United bosses past and not so past, we arrive at the pinnacle of the sporting summer. The appointment of Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager is due to be announced within the coming days, but how good a fit really is this special one?

Well, to begin with, the fans of United would obviously be praying for a return to the Fergie days, but that is very unlikely to happen under Mourinho.

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With each team Mourinho has managed, they have won the league in the second season and then seemingly capitulated in the third, which leads to his demise. If he follows the same trend with United, he will build up a team with very exciting prospects in the first season, for which they will qualify for the Champions League in third or fourth place, but everyone will be hopeful for the next season. 

The next phase is the league winning phase where everything seems to be going swimmingly. United will romp the league and nobody will be able to get near them. However, in the third season is when things start to go wrong for Mourinho.

His unorthodox methods and hard exterior will lose him the support of the big players at United, exactly like at Chelsea and Real Madrid respectively, before United will perform poorly in the third season and his career at United will be over midway through the campaign. 

Obviously, from an optimist's point of view, he will do very well and will spend the rest of his managerial days at United, but looking at the statistics and his past form, is Mourinho really the settling down type?

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