Jose Mourinho needs exciting attack and solid defence at Manchester United

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After the departure of Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, the Red Devils have found it increasingly hard to return to the glory days that Sir Alex brought to Old Trafford on so many occasions.

Fergie's 1500th, and last ever game in charge of United, will live long in the memory of the Premier League, not only because of what the competition was losing, but because of the manner the game was played in.

West Bromwich Albion played host to champions United on May 13, which saw a 10-goal thriller, and inevitably one of the most entertaining encounters in the history of the division.


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Even though Fergie couldn’t lead United to victory one last time, a 5-5 thriller wasn’t the worst way to sign off a spectacular managerial career, and unfortunately for United fans, they haven’t seen much excitement since.

Sir Alex Ferguson chose David Moyes himself to attempt a near impossible task of keeping up with Fergie’s success, and as expected, he failed miserably.

After being sacked before the season ended, Louis van Gaal was next to try and take Old Trafford by storm.

Unfortunately, with only one FA Cup triumph, and well over £250 million spent, he was also given the boot by chairman Ed Woodward.

After two unsuccessful reigns in a row and three horror seasons, United fans were rejoiced to discover that ‘The Special One’ Jose Mourinho had been given the hot seat at Old Trafford.

Even though Mourinho has been one of the best managers in the world over the last decade, he can’t do it all by himself.

Upon his arrival at Old Trafford, Mourinho will have to make sure he installs two things to his new Manchester United side. An exciting attacking force, and a rock solid back line. 

Exciting Attack

United were once known for their fearful attacking football, but are now known for nothing of the sort.

Gone are the days of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez leading stunning counter-attacks.

The signing of Anthony Martial, and the heroic story of Marcus Rashford, may have filled United fans with hope, but unfortunately, two players can’t win you a Premier League trophy. With Rooney having adapted a deeper role, Martial out wide, and Rashford lacking experience, United are missing that out-an-out goalscorer they have always had.

With Martial playing out wide and Rooney playing just behind the striker, a main centre-forward could really set United alight next season.

If reports are to be believed, that man could be a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain.

Rock Solid Defence

The Red Devils have also been known for their impressive selection of solid centre-backs. Even though Chris Smalling has proven himself to be just that, another addition to their defensive arsenal would be a real boost for them.

With the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic bossing United’s back four in previous years, they could really do with a renowned centre-half to solidify their defence.

Whether Eric Bailly from Villarreal can be that man is yet to be seen, but that hasn't stopped the club from forking out around £30m for his services.

How will Jose Mourinho get on at Manchester United? Leave us YOUR thoughts in the comment section below!

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