Jose Mourinho plans for his first day as Manchester United boss

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In case you didn't know, Jose Mourinho has been confirmed as Manchester United's next manager. 

The Special One has signed a three-year deal to replace Louis van Gaal, who was sacked days after guiding the Red Devils to the FA Cup, their first piece of silverware in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Since then there has been a deluge of information leaked to the press about how Mourinho will tackle the transfer market and how his move to Old Trafford came about.

Now, though, the Telegraph has printed an interesting piece by their Chief Football Correspondent, Jason Burt, breaking down the details of how Mourinho will tackle his first few days, weeks and months in charge of the Red Devils, and it makes for an interesting read.

According to Burt, the former Chelsea boss will sit down and speak to each of his new players individually as well as collectively in order to hammer home his message of togetherness. He is apparently fond of the saying: "You are either in the boat or off it."

Burt adds:

"Mourinho will have sat at his computer and reviewed the United squad – analysing its strengths and weaknesses and which areas needed to be improved. He will have put down in writing the style of play he wants to implement, the identity he wants to create, the approach he will take and what he thinks is achievable - and when."

In his initial meetings, Mourinho will pledge to be honest and direct with his players, and inform them to expect intense training sessions. Once again he will drill home his 'us against them' mentality.

Training details

Mourinho is said to have a 'guided discovery' approach to training, in as much as he will set challenges for his players to solve themselves.

Burt writes: 

"He knows that in the first days at a football club everything usually works perfectly. Players arrive early for training, they do as they are told and there is total effort. But he will be looking for signs to indicate who is buying into this willingly and who is doing it under duress in the hope that it will not continue.

Mourinho’s observations will only last so long. He is the opposite of Arsene Wenger in that while the Arsenal manager does not specifically instruct players during training – he puts on sessions and expects them to come up with answers, which is why he is so keen on five-a-sides – Mourinho is much more about giving the players options and then stopping training.

It may explain why he can be criticised as a little mechanical, and why he is more comfortable working with older players."

The full article goes into detail about Mourinho's coaching 'bible' which is a fascinating read for all Manchester United fans, while there's also information about his matchday preparation - which is particularly pertinent given his squad's alleged reaction to some of Van Gaal's methods before his eventual departure.

Mourinho has some time before he gets down to the serious business of pre-season. However, if the Telegraph's article is anything to go by, the Special One is already laying the groundwork for the season to come. 

Do you think Mourinho is the right appointment for Manchester United? 

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