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5 things Jose Mourinho and Manchester United must do to make themselves title challengers again

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21.81K   //    02 Jun 2016, 13:55 IST

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Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson departed from the club, it seems like the glory days have left them. It has been like a curse, as if the Scottish manager was something of a lucky charm for the Red Devils. Since his retirement, not only has the trophy count fallen significantly, they also have been devoid of any brilliance—the very signature of Sir Alex’s Man United.

Two managers have come and gone in the post-Ferguson era and none of them could do what their predecessor so easily did. The never-give-up spirit among players is now no longer seen in the games they play.

It showed how much of an effect Sir Alex had on them, how powerful a man-manager he was. He always had the apt response for an adverse situation, a stimulus that made the players’ react.

Both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal failed at this, so now comes Jose Mourinho. Since Louis van Gaal failed at achieving success at Old Trafford, it would be interesting to see whether his former assistant could do what he couldn’t—especially since there are some uncanny similarities between the two.

Anyhow, if Jose Mourinho and Man United are to become regular title challengers in the Premier League again, here are 5 things that they could do…

Neither completely start from scratch nor fully continue Van Gaal’s work

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Starting from scratch shouldn’t be on Mourinho’s mind

A change in personnel beckons one question: will the new manager start from scratch or continue where his predecessor left?

With the mess Manchester United find themselves in, it would be foolish to think that Jose Mourinho would even consider not changing anything. Indeed, van Gaal’s ‘army’ were severely criticized for their lackluster style of play.

Hence, it would be wise and logical for the Portuguese to imprint his style at Old Trafford.


However, he must also be careful and not go overboard. Van Gaal’s reign might have been marred with controversies and a team that was often labeled as spineless, but some of the criticism was blown out of proportion.

So starting from scratch shouldn’t be on Mourinho’s mind either as United would then lose the good work that the Dutchman did—one of them being his nurturing of the youth. It is for this reason that he should…

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