Manchester United Football Club are the greatest in the country. That’s no longer up for debate. Us fans owe Sir Alex Ferguson an awful lot of gratitude to that.
Jose Mourinho has taken the reigns, winning two years in his debut season, but failing to deliver a trophy last term, while also starting this campaign on a poor note.
In the self-proclaimed Special One’s pre-match press conference, the Portuguese stated that his 2nd place finish last term was up there amongst his greatest achievements, despite ending the season without major honours.
“I am the manager of one of the greatest clubs in the world but I’m also one of the greatest managers in the world,” said Mourinho, per the BBC.
“Did you never spend time reading the philosopher Hegel? He said: ‘The truth is in the whole. It’s always in the whole that you find the truth.’
Mourinho has already built his own legacy. That Champions League victory with FC Porto will always be fondly remembered, as will him beating the aforementioned Fergie to the Premier League crown in the early 00s.
He’s won trophies at absolutely every club he has been at. Nobody, nothing can take that away from him. He’s a world-class manager, that hasn’t changed, it won’t change.
But, the past is exactly that. In this game, you’re only as good as your last season. Mourinho has to work his magic once again, although it’s not going to be easy this time around, particularly after the poor start to the season coupled with an awful summer transfer window.