Is Jose Mourinho still the right man for Manchester United?
Jose Mourinho’s time at the helm of affairs at Manchester United can be perfectly summed up by the team’s performance this month. Just three days after his tactical brilliance helped United defeat Liverpool, Mourinho’s strategy against Sevilla came under severe criticism in a game that saw the Red Devils crash out of the UEFA Champions League.
With the possibility of a trophy-less season looming over Old Trafford, many have started to ask if it's time for United to look for a new boss this summer.
Ever since Mourinho took over the reins at the club, many have believed that his tactical, often stifling style of football does not resemble the ‘Manchester United Way’ of playing the game.
Since 2016, the offensive numbers United have put up have been pretty ordinary by the club’s lofty standards. Moreover, critics have argued that he has not been able to deliver the kind of success that would justify his on-field strategies and tactics.
So, is he still the right man to manage arguably the biggest club in the world? In 2016, Mourinho took over a dynasty in decline. He was assigned the job to rebuild Manchester United and to a large extent he has been successful in doing that.
He has brought stability to the club after half a decade of uncertainty and turmoil under David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal. Few would argue against the fact that the current team is the most organized and competitive bunch Old Trafford has seen since Sir Alex gave up the reins.
Even in terms of silverware, Jose’s first season in charge saw the Red Devils do the double (not considering the FA Community Shield) for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign. This season, United still have a strong chance of finishing in the top 3 in the Premier League for the first time in five years aswell as winning the FA Cup.
While the League Cup and Europa League trophies cannot be compared to the Premier League or the Champions League titles, this is definitely a step in the right direction.
The Special One has stabilized the ship at Old Trafford and deserves a chance to steer the club into deeper waters. By giving him a contract extension till 2020, United have given a clear signal that they believe Mourinho is the right man to lead the club into the future.
Realistically speaking, United are still miles away from being serious contenders for the Champions League. An all out charge for the Premiere League title next season seems to be a much more practical target for Jose but if he is unable to deliver the coveted silverware next time around, his time at Manchester might very well be coming to an end.