Jose Mourinho ready to address issues at Manchester United

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Following on from his first official press conference as Manchester United boss, a defiant Jose Mourinho stated: "I want everything. I want to win matches, I want to play well, I don't want to concede goals. I want the fans to be behind us."

As with all new managers, the Old Trafford faithful will get behind the new manager, and although he is not to everyone's taste, there can be no doubt about his past record of winning trophies in England, unlike his predecessors David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

There are areas which Mourinho will need to address quickly, and he has already ironed out a few during his press conference, but there also a few issues that must be resolved throughout the summer and during his first season in charge.


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Ryan Giggs will be the highest profile exit out of United this transfer window after 29 years with the club.

Mourinho stated that the reason why Giggs left the club was because he wants to become a manager, more particularly, he wants to become the Manchester United manager.

At this moment in time, the last thing United needed was an unknown quantity in the management department, and that is why the club made the right decision when overlooking Giggs for Mourinho.

However, Mourinho will now have to cope with the fallout of the Welshman leaving Old Trafford, and this could certainly be an issue for the Portuguese.

Wayne Rooney

Another issue high on the agenda is what to do with current club captain Wayne Rooney.

Mourinho said: "Maybe he is not a number nine anymore, but he will never, with me, be a number six. He will never be 50 metres from the goal. For me, he will be a number nine or a number ten, or a number nine-and-a-half, but with me, he will never be a number six, not even a number eight."

With the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and already possessing young talents like Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Jesse Lingard, who could all potentially lead the line for United, then it would make sense to see Rooney drop into a deeper role and use his passing range and vision to dictate games.

However, it appears Jose has other plans in mind for Rooney, a player he came close to signing on numerous occasions during his time for Chelsea.

Controlling Expectations

Mourinho will have a perfect chance to get off to a winning start in August when United take on Leicester City in the Community Shield.

Although it is not the most important competition of the season, it will be a huge confidence boost if the team can win silverware in his first competitive match in charge.

As previously stated, he has already expressed his desire to win all competitions this season, and that kind of confidence should help to instill the arrogance which United players used to have under Sir Alex Ferguson, which helped to make Old Trafford a fortress.

Mourinho added: "It would be easy, honest and pragmatic for me to focus on the last three years, and the fact we didn't qualify for the Champions League, and to say 'let's work, let's try to be back in the top-four, let's try to do well in the Europa League. But I am not good at that, and I don't want to be good. I prefer to be more aggressive and to be more aggressive is to say 'we want to win."

This should be music to the ears of United fans, who had their first taste of success since the end of the Ferguson era, in the FA Cup this season.

With his long time rival Pep Guardiola in charge on the other side of Manchester, Mourinho is going to have to get the best of out his squad to make waves in his first season in charge.

The addition of Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan should add quality to the squad, and with a couple of other improvements, United should be expected to mount a challenge for silverware this season.

If the first press conference is anything to go by then it appears that Mourinho's eyes are firmly fixed on restoring United back to the levels that the fans have come to expect over the last 25 years. 

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