Jose Mourihno once again did what he is well known for – lift the silverware. The Special One beat Southampton 3 – 2 at Wembley to take home the EFL cup, which Arsenal was also earnestly fighting for.
Jose Mourihno managed to win one of the season’s major titles despite the Red Devils playing rather a disappointing match before Zlatan Ibrahimovic came to their rescue with a two-goal inspiration.
Zlatan and Mourihno are now the focus of Manchester United, helping drive the team to victory. The duo forged a special bond while at Inter Milan and Mourihno made it a point to move with Zlatan at Old Trafford, reports BBC.
Jose Mourihno and Zlatan will make Man-U great again
Manchester United decided to hire Mourihno with the hope that he will translate here the same victories enjoyed at at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
Old Trafford had a joyless run with Louis van Gaal, just as they did with David Moyes after the exit of their legendary coach, Sir Alex Ferguson. Mourihno was thus seen as the right person to take over the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
He was selected as a quick fix to a team that was fast pacing down the high ranking it used to enjoy.
The United’s play at Wembley wasn’t convincing but Mourihno did what he does best, turn the odds against him in a mysterious way. Ibrahimovic netted in the 87th winner goal to prove this.
Mourihno made a wise strategic move in bringing the Swede from Paris St-Germain. He is a personality with a huge confidence, having agreed to the move despite this being his first time to play in England.
The United’s victory on Sunday required Ibrahimovic after having been average for a long time.
If the team is making a comeback in the Mourihno era, then Ibrahimovic is key since the EFL Cup is just the building block in an office that has seen two coaches try making something out of a team so used to Ferguson.
Luckily, the Chelsea legendary coach knows what to do when it comes to winning trophies and Manchester United are still serious contenders for two more cups – the FA and Europa League. This is a good way to get things rolling but the success-hungry Portuguese needs more.
With the arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp settling at Liverpool and Antonio Conte making a swift transformation of Chelsea – previously held by Mourihno – United would have had a much tougher time.
During his first time as Chelsea manager, Mourihno won them the EPL twice, and the FA Cup. He was victorious in 124 games out of the 185 within the period, taking home a win ratio of 64 percent.
In his second stint at Stamford Bridge, he got a winning rate of 59% and once again claimed the title and the League Cup. Out of the 43 matches the Red Devils have played, Mourihno has won 28, which is impressive.
His future plans are dependent on the Champions League and he will chase it either through the Premier League or the Europa League.