When Jose Mourinho, a successful manager in various countries in Europe, was announced as the successor to Louis Van Gaal at United, high spirits were created at Old Trafford. A boss with three Premier League titles, three League Cup successes and an FA Cup on his record in England (in addition to Champions League medals with Porto and Inter) was seen as the perfect man to return United to their former glory days achieved under Sir Alex Ferguson. Fans called for the Portuguese gaffer to bring back their attacking style which made Old Trafford the fortress that it had been for many years. In a short way: bring United back!
Although a high proportion of fans saw Mourinho as the perfect fit, others were cautious of his antics which saw him overlooked for the manager role upon Sir Alex's retirement in 2013. Numerous fines and bans from the FA as a result of inappropriate touchline behaviour and comments about referees were seen as not the type of display of a Manchester United manager. But has Mourinho changed his ways for what we all knew was his 'dream job'? Well, so far this season he has shown his old self alongside a new brand associated with the ex-Madrid gaffer.
On the 29th October, Mourinho had been sent off at half-time of the game between United and Burnley at Old Trafford when he complained to referee Mark Clattenburg about his decision to deny the reds a penalty when Darmian appeared to have been clipped by Flanagan. Mourinho's punishment for his sending off was a touchline ban in the next Premier League fixture at Swansea. Almost a month later on the 27th November, Mourinho once more displayed an angry reaction to the referee's decision, on this occasion Jonathan Moss. The new United boss kicked a water bottle on the touchline which was spotted by the fourth official and meant that Jose was, again, sent to the stands. After the match, the FA acted by presenting Mourinho with another touchline ban alongside a fine. It adds to a list of punishments given to him by the FA from his last job at Chelsea.
Style of football had been an issue for Manchester United ever since Sir Alex Ferguson had left his post. Moyes and even more unsuccessfully Van Gaal couldn't produce anywhere near the football witnessed in previous years. The Dutchman's rigid philosophy caused the attack to generate a lack of goals and bore fans to sleep (literally, as shown by the Mirror). Mourinho wasn't renowned for his all out for goals style of play but didn't hold back his players in illustrating free flowing football. It was his ability to nick a 1-0 lead and kill off a game that saw him earn the tag of a 'defensive manager', but that hasn't been the case in Manchester. More often than not, his side hasn't been able to hold onto a 1-0 lead, conceding goals late to the likes of Arsenal and Everton when the game was in their hands. Even though United are falling back in the number of goals scored, the last month or two have shown United have seemingly clicked which has caused a team led by Ibrahimovic to excite the fans with more of the style of play they reminisced. If this can continue, it would see Mourinho abandon this unwanted label.
There are some elements of the old Mourinho which are needed to make United great again. His mentality of us against the world has won over the majority of fans and in my opinion, he will continue to inspire his players and fulfil the wishes of United fans worldwide.