Jose Mourinho explains why rebuilding Manchester United is such a massive task

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has noted that the rebuilding task at Manchester United is indeed the biggest job in the country.

The 54-year-old took over the club in June following a tumultuous campaign under Louis van Gaal that saw Man United limp to fifth spot following a season hallmarked by a joyless style of football.

He has radically altered the mood at Old Trafford this season, encouraging a style that has resonated with both players and supporters.

And Mourinho, speaking earlier this week, made it clear that such a job was far from easy.

“I expected a great challenge at Man United, the team was in trouble for 2-3 years and when they win titles it’s for a reason,” he said. 

“So some people get more difficult jobs than others, I got the biggest job in the country, one of the biggest in the world and it’s one that everyone would like to have.

“I have a big problem and I always want the next trophy, my career is rich with history it’s beautiful.”

When Mourinho first arrived at Carrington back in June it was clear that this side needed far more than just a different tactical approach going forward.

United, following a truly lobotomising season under van Gaal, needed to rediscover a sense of individuality, a sense of what freedom tasted like – a new identity, above anything else.

And under Mourinho the message is clear: work hard, express yourselves, work even harder and, most importantly, win with style. It may not be reflected in the Premier League table, but this side is heading in an undeniably positive direction.

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