José Mourinho Deserves More Credit Than He Is Getting From Some United “Fans”

Posted: December 7, 2017 in Arsenal, Champions League, Chelsea, European Football, Football, Jose Mourinho, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur
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Apart from all of the money which is thrown at him on a regular basis, is José Mourinho really getting the recognition he deserves for his achievements?

Leaving aside all his trophies, both domestic and in Europe, with his previous clubs. Leaving aside his transforming of struggling clubs such as Chelsea and Inter Milan, both of which he turned into title winners and leaving aside his record of being only the fifth manager to have won the title in four different countries, we sometimes wonder what he has to do to please some people.

His record in Europe is quite phenomenal:

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He is the first coach to win both the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League on multiple occasions.

He is just the third coach to win more than one major UEFA club competition twice apiece after Nereo Rocco and Sir Alex Ferguson.

He is the third coach to win the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League with two clubs: Giovanni Trapattoni (Internazionale 1977, Juventus 1991, 1993) and Rafael Benítez (Valencia 2004, Chelsea 2013)

And yet, to hear some “experts” talk you would think he was new into management and doesn’t know what he is doing!

At Manchester United he won THREE trophies in his FIRST season, a feat NEVER before achieved.

So far in his second season, and after last night’s victory over CSKA Moscow, he has qualified for the knockout stage of the Champion’s League losing only ONE game in the process.

He is in the quarter final of the Carabao Cup and is still in the FA Cup. He sits second in the Premier League behind a team who, after FIFTEEN games have only dropped TWO points.

In truth, if it wasn’t for the fact that Pep Guardiola has made a near perfect start to the season, we would probably be talking about United being three points clear at the top right now!

Yet still there are clowns questioning his suitability for the United job.

We here at WSA are of sufficient years to remember the days after Sir Matt Busby retired. We remember Wilf McGuinness, Frank O’Farrell, Dave Sexton, the topsy-turvy times of Tommy Docherty which included relegation to the second division, then the equally topsy-turvy times of Ron Atkinson, who managed to avoid relegation quite easily but only ever won the FA Cup.

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Manchester United won the First Division title in 1967. It was then to be 26 years before they won it again. Unlike many of the “experts” and certainly unlike millions of the “fans” we know what it is like to support the team, (and the manager), through thick and thin, having done so for the aforementioned 26 years, (and much longer).

It was a great relief when Sir Alex Ferguson’s team finally lifted the Premier League trophy after all that time without it.

With Mourinho in charge there promises to be more success, unprecedented even at United. The only way this can fail to happen is if he is not supported.

Mourinho likes to be liked. He may come across as somebody who doesn’t care but, in fact, the reverse is true. He wants his achievements to be recognised which is why he constantly reminds everybody of them. He wants his teams to play attractive football where possible and dislikes it when accused of parking the bus after getting a point in a difficult away match or winning a difficult home match.

Above all, he can’t believe or understand the fact that he is still criticised after all he has done and all he is still doing.

He has even turned the likes of Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard into half-decent players, although Chris Smalling is definitely a lost cause!

To be blunt, United “fans” should either get behind the manager or get off the bus.

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And finally, Good luck tonight to Liverpool who are the only English team yet to qualify for the knockout stage of Big Cup, but only need a draw with Spartak Moscow to do so.

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, whilst both playing tonight, have both already qualified as winners of their groups while last night congratulations went to Chelsea and Manchester United who sealed their places in the next round of games.

The winners of their respective groups will no doubt be pleased to know that, amongst the group runners-up they can possibly be drawn against are Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Münich.

Good luck with that then!

And really finally, honestly! Good luck to Stubborn Old Man in Big Vase, although he doesn’t need it as Arsenal have already qualified.

 

 

 

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