Manchester United fans were forced to wait a while before Jose Mourinho was officially announced as Louis van Gaal's successor as manager this summer but, once it was confirmed, Red Devils were again feeling confident that the good times were about to return to Old Trafford.
A proven track record across Europe, with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, there is no questioning the calibre of manager United have brought in. But plenty of questions still remain as to how long it will be before Manchester United are back to their sparkling best, like they were under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Thanks to a decisive goal from summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mourinho was able to acquire his first trophy as United boss in their Community Shield success over current Premier League champions Leicester City, even a week before the league season began.
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However, United legend Paul Scholes strongly believes that the Portuguese will bring further silverware back to Old Trafford, including the league, although the 41-year-old remains unsure whether Mourinho can achieve that this season.
“They’ve taken the risk element out of it, they’ve brought Mourinho in, who is virtually guaranteed to win you trophies." said Scholes.
“I think, while he’s here, he will definitely win the league for Manchester United.
“Whether it’s this season, I’m not too sure. But, like I said, they’ve took the risk element out of it, and, I think, Mourinho has in turn done that by buying ready-made players, in [Paul] Pogba, Ibrahimovic, [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan,”
Road to recovery
Despite Ferguson tipping David Moyes as his successor in the Old Trafford hot seat, he lasted just 10 months in charge, while Van Gaal's two-year reign produced just one trophy - the FA Cup. But the appointment of Mourinho represents a safer option and, like Scholes, fans are already seeing signs that the club are on the road to recovery.
Mourinho's arrival certainly helped in bringing Ibrahimovic to United, with the pair having previously worked together at Inter, and his goals are backing up his eye-watering £200,000-a-week wages.
But, while United have made the right managerial appointment this time around, the fact that Manchester City and Chelsea have also brought in highly-regarded managers will make the Premier League as competitive as ever.
Needless to say, Scholes' trophy-laden career proves he knows what a team needs to win, and clearly he feels his former club has certainly got what it takes to pip their rivals to the league title.
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