Following Louis Van Gaal’s much publicised exit from Manchester United after two faltering seasons in charge, the arrival of Jose Mourinho to replace the Dutchman at Old Trafford has certainly rejuvenated fans confidence heading into the new season.
Despite failing to secure Champions League football for next season, the introduction of the most successful manager of his generation will surely help to resurrect United’s standing in both English and European football.
Although his arrival has only recently been announced officially, Mourinho is thought to have been planning his tenure in charge for months, with a particular focus upon incomings and outgoings among the playing squad. With the much anticipated arrival at Old Trafford of Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic seemingly only a matter of time away, Mourinho looks set to be reunited with the man whom he enjoyed great success with during their time together in Italy with Inter Milan.
Talks are also thought to be at an advanced stage with Villarreal for Ivorian defender Eric Dailly, and could even beat Ibrahimovic to the first Mourinho signing at Manchester United. With more new faces expected at Old Trafford over the coming months, United fans will be thinking about the new season with expectancy, rather than hope. With the betting odds for the new season starting to take shape, Bookies.com offer some of the best platforms online for locating the best deals.
Having scored the lowest number of Premier League goals in their history, with United finding the net just 49 times, Mourinho faces a challenge on his hands in regaining some of United’s identity, which has been lost since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. However, not known for his attacking tactics, Mourinho may well make United fans wait for a return to the attacking flair of the glory years. Premier League betting would suggest that United will remain as outsiders for the upcoming season, with Bell Internet locating the best odds of 13/2 for Mourinho to claim the title in his first year in charge.
One thing is for sure however, is that Mourinho has finally got the job he has craved for many a year. Despite his affinity to Chelsea, the Portuguese manager will be keen to prove to his critics that he still has what it takes to be a success in English football.