Jamie Redknapp thinks Manchester United will be guaranteed to win the Premier League title if they sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.
What’s the best that could happen? In the 34 years since we have experienced highs and very many lows.
That’s what makes this marriage between manager and club so awkward.
Even if a deal could be agreed with Madrid, United would still need to convince Bale to leave the European Champions and The Sun claim Mourinho hopes to lure him to Old Trafford with the promise of a huge £500,000-a-week contract. Mourinho likes structure and rigidness.
Neither style is inherently right or wrong.
“So although it will be hard to get a point or three against Manchester City, it’s not impossible”. But when playing Burnley or Swansea at home, giving those players more freedom could be the difference in turning those draws into wins.
This summer, Mourinho has set out to build the team more in his image.
Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic have so far arrived this summer, but Mourinho always meant to make four acquisitions.
Lukaku is a player that Mourinho deemed not good enough and shipped off to Everton when he was at Chelsea. “That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that”.
“It’s a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it’s a good day for the team as well”, said Hughton.
The Gunners offered little protection to goalkeeper Petr Cech a year ago, conceding 44 goals, which was the worst record of the big six. But Mourinho won plaudits after he handed his runner’s up medal to a young fan in the crowd. Nemanja Matic, Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic, Nathaniel Chalobah, John Terry, Kurt Zouma and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all been allowed to leave permanently or on loan, shedding an already lean squad of much of its depth. As you know the Premier League is the main target’.
Although many still believe Pep will continue with his beloved 4-3-3, the additional formation will give City some flexibility next season, and they can use it in big games to use the element of surprise, such as the Manchester Derby.
But the Belgium global failed to convince Mourinho during their time together at Chelsea and will be playing in the Champions League proper for the first time.
Both Guardiola and Mourinho could argue that their first seasons were transitional campaigns. The reigning Player of the Season has little to prove after two emphatic campaigns in England.
The 21-year-old winger is also a full Germany worldwide and was part of his country’s squad at Euro 2016, although he missed the Confederations Cup through injury, and Sane says his rapid development makes him feel like he is in a film.
English football underwent a major transformation 25 years ago this month with the advent of its breakaway top flight – one that would morph into a multi-billion pound industry with a global reach.