By Mark Weasley
For majority of the Sir Alex Ferguson era, Old Trafford was a fortress. Opposition teams had a defeatist mentality before getting on the hallowed turf of the stadium Sir Bobby Charlton, a club legend, described as “The Theatre of Dreams”. The legendary Scottish manager dominated the division with his clout, presence and absolute winning mentality, which transcended to the majority of his players.
After he retired after winning the league campaign in seemingly easy fashion in 2012/13, the club faced a huge decision in the choice of a quality replacement for the most successful manager in English football history. Sir Alex was given the honour of choosing his replacement, and he went for his compatriot, David Moyes. Sir Alex had been impressed with the then Everton manager for his determination, progression of youth and ability to ruffle the feathers of clubs with better players and better resources.
Moyes was a disaster at the club, likewise Louis Van Gaal. The legendary Dutchman didn’t play the United way, and was too laid back that offered none of the fiery temper Ferguson composed. The club appointed Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2016, which was a gamble as he had suffered his worst season as a manager with Chelsea in the 2015/16 season. The Portuguese was signed as United’s answer to rivals, Manchester City’s appointment of Pep Guardiola.
Both managers are widely considered as the best managers in world football and were expected to resume their rivalry after being managers of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. They however flattered to deceive but Jose had the upper hand, winning three trophies, but next season is expected to be different. Jose always wins the league in his second season, and is quietly grooming a squad capable of winning the league.
Jose Mourinho has brought back the feel good factor back at the club, and should he be backed in this summer’s transfer window, he could well blow everyone away next season. Few managers can rival him in full flight and Old Trafford is his new playground. United have a manager capable of delivering titles and now, Sir Alex can rest knowing that his mistake in appointing Moyes is being rectified.