5 reasons why Jose Mourinho will break his contract extension jinx
A look at some of the underlying reasons why Jose Mourinho's contract extension at United might not be the beginning of the end.
Jose Mourinho and his third season syndrome is pretty well-known. Though the Portuguese has won accolades everywhere, his managerial reign often ends in acrimonious circumstances by the time the 3rd season ends. Usually, he signs an extension before everything starts going wrong. It happened at Real Madrid and it happened more recently when Chelsea's 2015-16 season went up in flames after Mourinho signed a new contract following their title-winning season.
Usually the results start going wrong, relationship with the best players in the side takes a nosedive and eventually, Mourinho leaves. Hence, his recent contract extension at Manchester United has been regarded as an indication that he might be gone next season and the troubles with Paul Pogba clearly point towards such an outcome.
That is all on the surface level, though, and once one digs below the surface, there is enough evidence to suggest that Jose Mourinho could be at United for a few years yet.
#5 The signing of Alexis Sanchez
If a coach is on his way out or has no plans to stay for more than a season at best, then there is no way on earth that a club would sanction the purchase of a 29-year-old attacker in January and that too on massive wages.
Alexis Sanchez was well on his way to joining Manchester City but United stepped in at the last moment and took him to Old Trafford by completing one of the biggest deal in English football. The player is reportedly on £350,000 week, and on a three and a half-year contract.
If Mourinho had been on his way out then such a move would never have been completed and the club's willingness to trump their rich rivals with a financial package that the player could not turn down is a clear indication that Mourinho has United's backing.
The Portuguese coach's grumblings about spending and City's astronomical spending seems to have hit home. The Sanchez deal clearly demonstrates that Mourinho has no reason to want to quit Old Trafford any time soon.