Jose Mourinho happily revealed that the ever supportive and affectionate Manchester United fans have made him fall in love with the club.
Jose Mourinho has brought his refurbished side back-on-track and they are winning a lot more like Manchester United used to do under Sir Alex Ferguson’s era.
Mourinho had made a positive start to the Premier League with three consecutive wins but since then things went downhill and after a series of sloppy performances and Man Utd dropped to sixth in the Premier League table.
Mourinho had drawn huge criticism and pundits had claimed that he is no more ‘The Special One’.
But now Mourinho has found the perfect combination in the squad and has been on a hot streak with six straight Premier League wins.
Mourinho accentuated that it is ultimately all down to the supporters.
Mourinho told MUTV: “Well, the thing that made me immediately feel deeply about the club and the people, and the desire to work for the people, is the people.”
“The [people are the] typical Manchester United supporters, the ones that have unbelievable memories of the past, but know the realities of the moment.”
“The ones who keep the expectations for the future but understand the road to arrive there and are always supporting the team, even in the bad moments we have had.”
“That, for me, is the most significant thing because it’s the thing that makes you fall in love with a new club. I think that’s the thing that touched me more.”
Mourinho also heaped praise on his players and insisted that they have all the potential to claim the top spot.
“I like my players very, very much,” he added. “Not just the players, but the combinations between the players as people. They are very good guys and I love to work with them.”
“I love my group so I’m really happy. And at the top of that is the challenge of bringing Manchester United Football Club to the space that it belongs. So I’m really happy.”
Manchester United look more positive now and Mourinho has finally proved his critics wrong after a series of brilliant performances – the most recent one of them was a 2-0 win over West Ham on Monday.
Mourinho’s tactics worked wonders at the London Stadium. His substitutions during the second-half brought a huge difference in the tempo as Mata and Rashford turned the game completely in United’s favour.
The resurgence of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s sublime form and Pogba finally settling into the side has brought a huge improvement in Man Utd’s game since the last few weeks.
Mourinho has been finally successful in finding the right combination in the United backline. Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo have proved their mettle at the heart of the United defence. Full-back Antonio Valencia has been a game changer for Man Utd this season. The Ecuadorian star has induced a lot of pace in United’s game and has given them the much needed licence to attack down the flanks.
Sir Alex had encouraged Mourinho to get back to his ruthless best during their secret meeting and now it seems to have worked. It is quite evident that the Portuguese manager has finally found a grip on his Old Trafford career – and has started to show his true magic.
Mourinho finally got the best out of Carrick – one of Ferguson’s main signings. Carrick has played a huge part in Man Utd’s resurgence as Mourinho believes that he gives Pogba the freedom to roam.
Manchester United are still 10 points behind current league leaders Chelsea, but they have moved to within one point of the top four and are 5 points behind second placed Liverpool.