By Mark Weasley
After a decent start to life at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho was put under pressure after a difficult September and October, where his team capitulated and suffered some damaging draws and defeats. Those defeats though, are now a thing of the past, and The Red Devils have sprung up an impressive nine straight wins, across all competitions. The 53-year-old Portuguese was spectacularly sacked by Chelsea last year after a damaging run of results, and it was mooted that he’d lost the magic touch that made him such a great manager.
The Armenian was brought in to offer creativity to a United team definitely in need of it after struggling to open up teams last term. He had been phenomenal for Dortmund last year, but struggled to impose himself on the league for United and was left out of the team for a very long period. His cameo in the win over Feyenoord in the Europa League reminded everyone of his star quality, and has been in the team ever since, helping turn defeats into draws and draws into wins.
Paul Pogba looked out of sorts after his world record transfer from Juventus in the summer. The 23-year-old Frenchman struggled with defensive responsibilities as part of a defensive midfield pair. The introduction of Herrera and Carrick has helped free him from his shackles, and he has been able to express himself more on the pitch, yet another brilliant Mourinho decision.
Settled Centre Back pairing
Great Mourinho teams of the past have always had a regular centre back pairing. From Terry-Carvalho at Chelsea to Samuel-Lucio in Inter and Pepe-Sergio Ramos at Madrid, the former Chelsea boss understands the need that the defence needs to be settled, and it is the unlikely combination of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones that have helped the team regain its defensive solidity.
Mourinho is earning the plaudits and deserves the credit for turning things around at The Theatre of Dreams, the fans can dare to dream once again.