Jose Mourinho's seven rules of football won't work at Manchester United

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Manchester United fans were allowed to dream on Friday morning after Jose Mourinho was confirmed as their club's next manager.

Months of speculation regarding the Special One finally came to an end with a simple tweet from the official club Twitter account, showing him holding the new Manchester United home shirt with a wry smile on his face.

So what happens now? Well, it will only get more interesting with Mourinho expected to invest as much as £200million in the summer transfer market. Reports say he wants as many as four first-team signings with the first likely to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


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Needless to say, the Manchester United starting XI is going to look very different when the season gets underway with Mourinho likely to gut out the players that do not fit his philosophy. 

And it is Mourinho's philosophy that has dominated the chatter amongst the Manchester United faithful ever since he was linked with the Old Trafford post. Indeed, one of the main reasons Louis van Gaal was sacked was because Manchester United were not playing the 'Manchester United way'.

The Manchester United Way

Under the Dutchman, the Red Devils failed to ever really impress up front, instead seeming to prioritise defensive responsibilities. The result was their lowest ever goal tally in a Premier League season and a ridiculous number of 0-0 draws in front of their home fans.

But is much going to change under Mourinho? Of course, the Portuguese has cut himself a reputation for being a younger version of Van Gaal; his style has regularly been described as the 'anti-football', which doesn't exactly sound like the Manchester United way to us.

The most worrying thing for Manchester United fans will be his reported seven sacred rules of football. The rules, which Mourinho drills into each and every one of his teams, was revealed by biographer Diego Torres in his 2014 book 'The Special One: The Dark Side of Jose Mourinho'.

They read like this:

  • The game is won by the team who commit fewer errors.
  • Football favours whoever provokes more errors in the opposition.
  • Away from home, instead of trying to be superior to the opposition, it’s better to encourage their mistakes.
  • Whoever has the ball is more likely to make a mistake.
  • Whoever renounces possession reduces the possibility of making a mistake.
  • Whoever has the ball has fear.
  • Whoever does not have it is thereby stronger.

Sound exciting to you? No, we didn't think so.

Will Jose Mourinho bring the flair back to Manchester United or are they heading further down the dark road of 'anti-football'? Give us your thoughts in the comment box below!

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