By Mark Weasley
It is as sure as day and night that Jose Mourinho always wins the league title in his second season. From Porto to Chelsea to Inter to Real Madrid and back to Chelsea, the Portuguese tactician has always blown away his contemporaries in his second season as he uses the first to get to grips with his squad, and identify weak points in his squad and then use the transfer window to turn his team into a team capable to taking on the rigours of winning the league.
In his last job at Chelsea, he signed Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas and those two were instrumental into turning the Blues into overwhelming favourites for the title, and they did deliver, topping the league table from Week 3 till the end, a new league record.
Jose did well in his first season at United, even more than expected as he won three trophies, but it was the league form that worried the United faithfuls. Too many draws against the lesser lights derailed the season and a final position of sixth was nowhere near what the team should be achieving.
The goal-scoring burden was shouldered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the squad struggled to grasp his demanding methods as the laid back approach of David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal came to the fore.
This coming season will be different as Jose will be more ruthless and his transfer business shows a man that is ready to do almost anything legal to win. His ego has been bruised by Antonio Conte who has motivated his Chelsea team to avoid a “Mourinho season”, a not too subtle dig at the Portuguese terrible title defence season of 2015/16.
The likes of Wayne Rooney have been dispensed with, with the Englishman returning to Everton as he couldn’t cope with the demands of playing for United despite being a club legend while Zlatan’s contract has not been renewed due to his knee injury.
He has signed Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku this summer and is still looking at Ivan Perisic. There is no long-term project with Jose, and few United fans will begrudge him the opportunity to bring the club back to the glory days at the top of the English football ladder.
These players will improve the squad, and a siege mentality will motivate his players game after game, till we go past the finish line. United are looking better and it is down to one man, Jose. He has the pedigree.