Mourinho UnShaw About Luke

In his most recent press conference, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho expressed his concern at 21-year-old left back Luke Shaw’s commitment and progression.

Having only featured 15 times this season, the youngster who is widely regarded as a future England international finds himself behind the likes of Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and 31-year-old Ashley Young, who has seemingly come in from the cold after nearly leaving the club in the January transfer market.

Speaking of the comparison between Shaw and his fellow left back rivals, Mourinho said ‘I cannot compare the way he trains and commits, the focus, the ambition. He is a long way behind.’ Perhaps this is a final throw of the dice from the United manager, in the hope of giving Shaw a ‘jolt’ as ex-United player Phil Neville described it.

Some people would say that the ‘Special One’ should be careful in the way he criticises his players publicly. The Portuguese manager took a disliking to Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne in the past, and now one is one of the most prolific goal-scorers in the Premier League and the other cost Manchester City £55million.

Agree or disagree with Mourinho’s criticism of Shaw, there is no doubting that the left back has not been at his best when getting the chance to shine this season.

It is hard to pinpoint exactly why he has not been performing this season, perhaps he is still psychologically scarred from his horror leg-break in 2015, or maybe it is as Mourinho says, and he merely isn’t trying hard enough to claim the starting berth and lacks the ambition to succeed with the Red Devils.

Jose Mourinho – Factfile

With Louis Van Gaal now a former Manchester United manager, it seems almost impossible that Jose Mourinho won’t be given the manager’s job at Old Trafford. With every new incoming manager, the question always arises: will he be a success?

Without knowing the future, we have to look at the past in order to create our own opinions on the matter; so we have created a Jose Mourinho fact-file for you to ponder over whilst crafting your opinion.

Jose Mourinho (26/1/1963 – Setúbal, Portugal)

Coaching Career:

Sporting CP (1992-94) –

Interpreter for the late, great, Bobby Robson: Mourinho gained much experience from the Englishman at Sporting CP and claims him as one of the biggest influences on his career.

FC Porto (1994-96) –

After being fired from Sporting CP due to a bad run of results, Robson moved to FC Porto, Mourinho followed him, and they dominated Portuguese football for the next few years.

Barcelona (1996-97) –

After Barcelona came knocking for Sir Bobby, Mourinho again followed the Geordie, this time to the Nou Camp. Although Robson only stayed for one season in Spain, Mourinho carried on as assistant manager at the club to his successor, Louis Van Gaal; together, the two enjoyed 3 successful seasons.

Managerial Career:

Benfica (2000) –

Played – 11
Won – 6
Drew – 3
Lost- 2

Trophies: N/A

União de Leiria (2001-02)

Played – 20
Won – 9
Drew – 7
Lost – 4

Trophies: N/A

FC Porto (2002-04)

Played – 127
Won – 91
Drew – 21
Lost – 15

2002/3 – Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, UEFA Cup
2003/4 – Supertaća Cândido de Oliveira, Primeira Liga, Champions League
Total – 6

Chelsea (2004-07)

Played – 185
Won – 124
Drew – 40
Lost – 21

2004/5 – Premier League, Football League Cup
2005/6 – FA Community Shield, Premier League
2006/7- FA Cup, Football League Cup
Total – 6

Internazionale (2008-10)

Played – 108
Won – 67
Drew – 26
Lost – 15

2008/09 – Serie A
2009/10 – Serie A, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Champions League
Total – 5

Real Madrid (2010-13)

Played – 178
Won – 128
Drew – 28
Lost – 22

2010/11 – Copa del Rey
2011/12 – La Liga
2012/13 – Supercopa de España
Total – 3

Chelsea (2013-15)

Played – 136
Won – 80
Drew – 29
Lost – 27

2013/14 – N/A
2014/15 – Premier League, Football League Cup
2015/16 – N/A
Total – 2


Matches Played: 765
Matches Won: 505
Win Percentage: 66.01%
Trophies Won: 22

Manchester United Sack Louis Van Gaal

After months of speculation over whether Louis Van Gaal’s reign at Manchester United would last long after this season, the club has finally revealed that they have decided to part ways with the veteran Dutchman.

Of course, Van Gaal will feel hard-done-by as just two days ago he delivered the club their record-equalling 12th FA Cup trophy courtesy of a late Jesse Lingard volley. However, that was not enough for the upper echelons of the club to feel happy with his reign, especially after missing out on Champions League football by goal difference to bitter local rivals, Manchester City.

The significant lack of goals scored under the Dutchman’s regime is arguably the biggest reason why he lost his job. In a season that saw the remarkable rise of Leicester City, Manchester United only managed to score 49 goals… 6 goals less than Blackpool in 2011, the season they were relegated. Last summer, Van Gaal decided to let go of Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) and Robin Van Persie (Fenerbahçe) as well as not renewing Radamel Falcao’s loan deal due to him being overwhelmingly poor in the Premier League.

Despite losing three strikers and a multitude of other attacking talent including Angel di Maria and Nani, Van Gaal only managed to bring in one striker, 19-year-old Anthony Martial, and one winger in 21-year-old Memphis Depay… and the Old Trafford faithful truly paid for the lack of goals up front. It must be said that Van Gaal bringing through Marcus Rashford was a stroke of genius, with the 18-year-old helping to carry the team through in the latter months of the season, however, this was more due to injury problems than tactical guile.

It is now expected than Manchester United will announce the signing of ex-Chelsea manager and Louis Van Gaal’s old apprentice, Jose Mourinho as their new manager later this week. It must be remembered however, that Mourinho parted ways with Chelsea after leading them on their worst start to a Premier League season ever, creating much unrest among the fans due to the Portuguese manager’s ‘anti-football’ tactics.

The Premier League will definitely miss LVG and his eccentric ways, but for Manchester United fans, the time had definitely come for them to say goodbye to the Iron Tulip.

Premier League Managers to Manage a Club Twice

David Moyes manager to manage a club twice

David Moyes is reportedly interested in rejoining Everton and becoming one of a select few managers to manage a club twice in the Premier League after Roberto Martinez has come under intense criticism following the Toffees’ lacklustre Premier League season. After losing against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi final, the Blues are facing yet another year without a trophy, sparking some fans to question whether Martinez is the right man for the job.

Roberto Martinez

After leaving Everton in 2013 after 11 years in charge to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Moyes has endured a torrid time. The Scotsman lasted less than a year at Old Trafford due to a string of unacceptable results which ended up with the club finishing in 7th place.

Real Sociedad was next for Moyes, joining on 10th November 2014. He lasted 1 day short of a year, being given the boot on 9th November 2014 ‘boasting’ a win percentage of just 28.57%. Since then, he has been in managerial limbo, seemingly taking a few months out to compose himself; but now he is ready to take up the mantle again and show his worth. Although, with Celtic sniffing around the Scotsman, the Toffees will have to be fast to make David Moyes one of the few managers to manage a club twice.

Here are four other managers to manage a club twice…

Jose Mourinho – Chelsea (2004-07, 2013-2015)

One of Chelsea’s most famous managers ever, and one of the few to manage a club twice. During his first reign in charge, Jose Mourinho led the West Londoners to 2 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup and 2 League Cups; he was well and truly a fan favourite, losing only 21 games out of 185, however after falling out with owner Roman Abramovich, the ‘Special One’ left Stamford Bridge by mutual consent.

2013 saw the return of the Portuguese manager to the team that really launched his managerial career, and he made an instant impact. The Premier League title and League Cup were Chelsea’s after a successful campaign in 2014/15. After signing a new 4-year contract at the beginning of the following season, Chelsea picked up 11 points in the opening 12 games; the club’s worst ever start to a season in the Premier League. The performances never picked up, and Mourinho again left by mutual consent on 17th December 2015.

Kevin Keegan – Newcastle United (1992-97, 2008)

Having been hired to save Newcastle United from being relegated to the third tier, Kevin Keegan did an incredible job during his first tenure at the club. After winning Division One in the 1992-3 season, Keegan led the Magpies on an incredible first season in the Premier League, finishing in 3rd place, thus bringing European football to St James’ Park for the first time since the 1970’s. His Newcastle team finished the season as runners up twice in a row (1995-6 and 1996-7), however they could never quite the reach the pinnacle of English football. There is no doubting Keegan did great things for the club though, and is one of the greatest managers to manage a club twice.

Kevin Keegan manager to manage a club twice

In January 2008, following the departure of Sam Allardyce, Keegan sensationally went back to Newcastle, becoming another one of the managers to manage a club twice. His first 8 matches in charge were hardly a fairytale, with the club failing to win a single match. However, following on from this, the season picked up for the Magpies, and they managed to finish in 7th place. As the 2007-8 season drew to a close, Keegan publicly criticised the club’s owners, stating he was not getting enough financial support, and shortly after the closing of the transfer window in September a year, the Geordie favourite announced he had resigned from his position due to not being able to work with the board.

Howard Kendall – Everton (1990-93, 1997-8)

Howard Kendall is unique in this list as he managed Everton three times during his managerial career, only twice during the Premier League era though. Having previously managed the Toffees in a fruitful period of 6 years between 1981 and 1987, where the club managed to win the First Division title twice (1984-5 and 1986-7), the FA Cup (1983-4) and the European Cup Winners’ Cup (1984-5), Howard Kendall rejoined Everton in 1990 in order to save them from relegation to the Second Division. He succeeded and the club managed to finish the season in ninth place. However, during this period, the club was little more than a mid-table team, something which Kendall resented; as a result, he resigned in December 1993.

Howard Kendall manager to manage a club twice

He rejoined the club before the 1997-8 season to try his hand at managing his beloved Everton again, but he only just managed to avoid leading his team to relegation and found it hard to work with then chairman, Peter Johnson. He left the club by mutual consent at the end of the season, but remains as one of the most loved managers to manage a club twice!

Harry Redknapp – Portsmouth (2002-04, 2005-08)

The last in our list of managers to manage a club twice, Harry Redknapp took charge of Division One side Portsmouth during the 2002-3 season, and managed to lead them on a promotion charge to the Premier League, replacing his former club, West Ham, in the top flight. He managed to keep Pompey in the Premier League during the 2003-4 season, however, after falling out with owner, Milan Mandarić, Redknapp resigned in November 2004.

Harry Redknapp manager to manage a club twice

In December 2005, Redknapp returned to the South Coast in order to help Pompey escape from the relegation zone which loomed just beneath them. He was successful, and the following season, managed to lead the club to a ninth-placed finish; the club’s highest finish since the 1950’s. He eclipsed this achievement in 2008 by managing to win the club’s first FA Cup in 69 years. However, his tenure ended somewhat bitterly for some fans, as he took the vacant Tottenham Hotspur job in October 2008.