Manchester United are still looking for someone to fill Sir Alex Ferguson’s shoes but, in Jose Mourinho, at least they have found a man who believes he has the right sized feet.
The former Chelsea manager is bruised after being sacked for a second time by Roman Abramovich but, apart from a miserable last few months at Stamford Bridge, his track record speaks for itself.
The Portuguese will feel he has a point to prove and with United’s considerable financial resources at his disposal it would take a brave man to bet against him bringing the glory days back to the club.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic also in town it’s clear that, whatever happens at Old Trafford this season, things won’t be dull.
Reasons to be cheerful:
The Special One has won trophies wherever he has been and knows exactly what it takes to win the Premier League. Paul Pogba is considered one of the best midfielders in the world while Ibrahimovic’s scoring record for Paris Saint-Germain was second to none despite his advancing years.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined in the prime of his career while a lack of Champions League football should at least allow United to focus on the title race.
Reasons to be fearful:
Mourinho looked a shadow of his old self during his final months at Chelsea and has already had an issue with Juan Mata after substituting the substitute in the Community Shield victory over Leicester City. It’s unclear how an ageing Ibrahimovic will cope with the pace of the Premier League while Mourinho must also decide what to do with Wayne Rooney.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free), Eric Bailly (Villarreal, £30m), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund, £26.3m), Paul Pogba (Juventus, £89m).
Out the door:
Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough, free), Nick Powell (Wigan, free), Tyler Reid (Swansea, undisclosed), Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale, free), Joe Rothwell (Oxford, free), George Dorrington (Huddersfield, free), Ashley Fletcher (West Ham, free), Guillermo Varela (Eintracht Frankfurt, loan).
David de Gea – Spain’s number one has held Manchester United together
One to watch: Marcus Rashford – The striker enjoyed a golden first season in the Premier League that culminated in his selection England’s Euro 2016 squad.
First five games:
Bournemouth (A), Southampton (H), Hull City (A) – Live on BT Sport 1, Manchester City (H), Watford (A) – Live on BT Sport 1.
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