Being Manchester United fan for almost 20yrs now, I feel we have come to a point where our team needs to lift our level up and go for the Continental glory. When you look back on past two decades its about the legacy that our Godfather Sir Alex Ferguson has created with his unquestionable grit to win it every year in the premier league. I mean imagine our team has never seen 4th position in the premier league table from 1992 – 2013. It didn’t matter to him that whether there are any star players nor he was in urge to buy star players. The Class of 92 consisting of Neville brothers, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs were promoted from the youth academy in the early 90s and were bought in action at a time when the club was in serious financial trouble and that clearly football game-play and skills saved the particular league those days. Players grew and went by but our ma[nager Sir Alex created a new team every 4years with the blend of young players and the experienced ones which dominated the corresponding 4 years then onwards. Its been an era where premier league was dominated by Manchester United with 13 premier league titles including 2 hat-trick (1999-2000-2001 and 2007-2008-2009), 5 F.A.Cups, 4 League Cups, 10 Community Shields, 2 UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup with UEFA Super Cup addition to the Red Devils trophy cabinet. I have watched a Legacy unfolding of dethroning Liverpool (18 time winners) to be overtaken by us at Old Trafford for the 20th time in the epic last season of the career for Sir Alex in 2013.
For past three years after Sir Alex’s retirement, every new season is looking like to achieve some thing big is very important from the very beginning. There is so much pressure on the new manager on his every decision that could possible lead to damage our club in the long run. If you look at the transfer amount being spent past two decades in the Fergie era, you will see its quite less than the current splash in the bank scenario. I mean spending such huge amount of money during Louis Van gaal’s time bought us nothing but 5th position in the league that keeps us out of the prestigious Champions League. David moyes had a hard time to keep the players and his tactical management shape that made us loose all our previous home and unbeaten records against smaller teams in a matter of minutes. LVG bought a gameplay that could win you matches but in a sleeping mode in a way that i have never seen my team backpass to goalie every now and then. That was utter disaster. Every season always looked like a repair work where the damage had never been happened. I agree that its difficult for a new manager to come and jump in straight to a habit where for past two and a half decades it was managed by one single person. The chaos is expected but the level of the experiment should not have been in a way that cost my beloved club their points on the table. What we need is to have a combination of breed of young players with the experience ones who stay in for long run and create a chemistry among each others with their style of play. That’s something that needs to be concerned if we are to retain our lost position.
In older football days, commitment is a very big thing when you see players and managers of a particular club and in same manner i always saw Jose Mourinho as a Chelsea counterpart and never imagined him to be another teams manager atleast not in the premier league. I was actually surprised when the rumours that were floating for past 6 months actually came true post Manchester United’s FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace last season. And when my friends and family asked my opinion on that all i could say was like an expected jose mourinho answer “I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY!”
When it comes to Mourinho, i always recollect his antic celebration running down the touchline when FC Porto knocked us out in 2004 and after that two consecutive premier leagues in the next two seasons when he was appointed Chelsea manager. The last time interaction was a respected one between two heavy weight giants meeting in Round 16 between Manchester United and Real Madrid where he again got a winner against Sir Alex team. That “Special One” ability to beat the master in his own game got me thinking in a different perspective of Jose’s winning mentality. Yes he is arrogant but he was won it all against the big teams with the big teams. He is probably a manager who could stand out against the shadow of Sir Alex and achieve greatness with the responsibility of a giant heavyweight club like Manchester United. Eight league titles, three FA Cups and two Champions League titles contributed by his four different teams (FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid), Jose Mourinho’s CV is one such piece of art that equally matches the legacy of Old Trafford.
This journey will be different as compared to previous years of Manchester united as Jose Mourinho takes reins for the first encounter against Bournemouth this Sunday as the new season of Barclay’s Premier League kicks off. The only concern for me will be that the squad should be built for the future rather than a quick success and thats what football has taught me and is all about!