The Dugout: Why Mourinho will bring instant success to Manchester United

The 2016/17 Premier League season is fast approaching and a number of clubs will start the campaign with new managers. Fans will be expecting more from their team and this time around, ‘The Dugout‘ will assess why Jose Mourinho will bring instant success to Manchester United…

The appointment of Jose Mourinho has excited Manchester United fans on the whole and he has already started his usual antics with the press. The new United manager means business, he has signed some world class players already and more are being linked to the club on a daily basis.

It has always seemed a matter of when rather than if, in terms of Mourinho managing Manchester United, and it looks to have come at the perfect time for the club and the man himself.

In Mourinho’s unveiling as United boss he made a number of bold statements and signalled his intent, saying all the things the fans wanted to hear: “I want everything. I want to win matches, I want to play well, I want to play young players. I want our fans to cheer us defending a lead rather than chasing a lead.”

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So let’s have a look at why United fans can expect instant success with Mourinho

First season silverware…

Mourinho has a brilliant track record of bringing silverware in his first season at clubs.

Porto 2002/03: Primera Liga, UEFA Cup, Taça de Portugal
Chelsea 2004/05: Premier League, League Cup
Inter Milan 2008/09: Serie A, Supercoppa Italianna
Real Madrid 2010/11: Copa del Ray 

Squad revamp… 

Manchester United fans don’t need telling that new signings are a feature of Mourinho’s first season as they have already signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly. Negotiations are also underway for a reported world-record £100 million fee for Paul Pogba.

Porto 2002/03: £6.8m – 15 players signed
Chelsea 2004/05: £99.3m – ten players signed 

Inter Milan 2008/09: £43.6m – seven players signed
Real Madrid 2010/11: £62.25m – six players signed

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Consistency…

Mourinho’s consistent ability to win trophies has seen him win at least one trophy each calendar year from 2003-2012. He also retained league titles at Porto (02/03 & 03/04), Chelsea (04/05 & 05/06) and Inter (08/09 & 09/10), while dethroning what has been labelled as one of the best FC Barcelona sides in history with Real Madrid in 2011/12.

The Treble…

Manchester United fans will dream of winning the treble once again and Mourinho has a proven track record of bringing three trophies in a single season. At Porto in the 2002/03 as mentioned above, he won three trophies and in his second season as Inter boss, the historic treble of Serie A, UEFA Champions League and Coppa Italia saw him sign off in style.

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Premier League experience…

Not that United fans will need reminding – Mourinho has won the Premier League three times. He holds the record for the fewest matches taken to rack up 400 points – just 174 games – bettering Sir Alex Ferguson’s 191 and Arsene Wengers 208 games, respectively.

Manchester United fans will be eager for Mourinho to beat the Premier League highest points tally of 95 – a record he achieved in the 04/05 season with Chelsea as he won the league losing just once.

Despite Mourinho’s sour half season with Chelsea in 2015/16, he still boasts the best Premier League win rate of 66% (win rate stats count after 20 or more league games managed).

His current Premier League record stands at 212 games, 140 wins, 44 draws and 28 losses and his overall experience has seen him rack up 513 league games managed with six clubs.

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While there is a huge amount of work for Mourinho to do to bring instant success to United, it is clear enough that he has the ability to return the club to the highest level in his first season. He will be eager to lift his fourth Premier League trophy and bring the Premier League trophy back to Old Trafford for the first time since the 2012/13 season.

Will Mourinho be an instant success at United? Can he win the Premier League?

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs. Everton FC

Venue: King Power Stadium – Saturday, May 7 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Leicester 17/20 – Draw 14/5 – Everton 14/5

Match Preview

New Premier League champions Leicester City face Everton in their final home game of the most remarkable season in their history on Saturday evening, with the trophy set to be lifted following the game.

Leicester’s rise to the top of English football has been a miracle and there are no superlatives left to describe their incredible feats this season.

Claudio Ranieri’s men have sealed the title with two games to spare but will still be looking to win their final home game of the campaign here. An incredible atmosphere is expected at the King Power Stadium on Saturday and the players will undoubtedly be on cloud nine, as they have been for much of the season.

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The Foxes have the best home record in the division and are currently unbeaten in 14 at the King Power. They come into this game unbeaten in ten and are unlikely to see that run end on what should be another magical day for the club.

By very stark contrast, Everton have had a season to forget. The Toffees come into the weekend in 11th and had no won in seven before last week’s 2-1 victory over Bournemouth.

Roberto Martinez is under immense pressure and even if his side win each of their last three games, he could be sacked come the end of the term.

Everton have been better on the road this year that at home but have not managed to beat any side in the top six home or away.

The reverse fixture saw Leicester win 3-2 back in December, as two Riyad Mahrez penalties helped the new champions on their way to victory. The Foxes have not beaten Everton at home since 1998 but are expected to seal all three points on Saturday.

Team News

Leicester will be without key midfielder Danny Drinkwater following his red card against Manchester United last weekend. Robert Huth will also miss the rest of the season after being handed a three-game suspension for an incident with Marouane Fellaini last week. Leonardo Ulloa is looking set to miss the game with a back injury, although the Foxes are boosted by the return of Jamie Vardy following a two-game ban.

Everton have one of the league’s longest injury lists at this late stage of the season with five players likely to miss this one. Gerard Deulofeu, Phil Jagielka and Tyias Browning are all out, while Gareth Barry and Seamus Coleman are doubts.

Key Points

Leicester’s last five: W/W/D/W/D

Everton’s last five: D/D/D/L/W

Key Stat: The last five Premier League meetings between these sides on Leicester’s soil have ended in draws.

Key Player: Wes Morgan – The Leicester captain will lift the Premier League trophy following Saturday’s game in what will be a memorable moment for all Foxes fans inside the stadium and beyond. He has enjoyed another fine season, playing every minute of every league game and managed to score his second of the season in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

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Score Prediction

Leicester 2-1 Everton – Leicester have taken English football by storm this weekend and it would only be fitting if they were to win their final home game of the season before lifting the Premier League trophy. Everton should offer a stern test but the Foxes will likely be carried through by the magic of the day and three more points looks likely.