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.

Crunch Time for Van Gaal

Manchester United face Derby County in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Pride Park tonight. After his side performing abysmally in recent weeks, the pressure is really being cranked up on Louis Van Gaal.

With Jose Mourinho seemingly waiting in the shadows to take the reigns at Old Trafford, the Dutchman cannot afford any slip-ups against the Championship high-flyers. United fans won’t be happy with a win in a similar vein to their victory, thanks to a last minute Rooney penalty, over Sheffield United in the the third round. What the fans want to see is positive attacking football, many have voiced their concerns about the constant back-passing and lack of attacking runs being made.

If Van Gaal wants to keep his position at the helm of one of the world’s most famous clubs, he will really have to change his mentality; for United fans, winning isn’t everything… they have been used to high-quality football for the last 20 or so years, and that quality has been pretty much non-existent since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

With the FA Cup seemingly United’s only realistic chance at a trophy this season, Van Gaal really has no room for error. He either wins this match, or the axe simply must fall on his head from the powers that be at Old Trafford.

United Facing Injury Crisis (Again)

Every season, Manchester United seem to face an injury crisis of some sorts, and, as expected, it’s happened again! With a massive game against PSV Eindhoven coming up in midweek, United have a rather lengthy list of players out with injury. If Louis Van Gaal’s men beat the Dutch side, they will qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, however, it’s looking tougher and tougher with the news that up to ten senior players suffering with an injury and illness.

Luke Shaw is an ever-present on the injury list due to his leg-break back in mid-September, joining him in being unavailable for the match are Marouane Fellaini with a calf strain, Michael Carrick with a twisted ankle and Antonio Valencia having just had surgery on his ankle.

Wayne Rooney (illness), Anthony Martial (ankle) and James Wilson (knee) were all missing for United’s 2-1 over Watford last weekend, but Rooney and Martial are expected to be able to play some part in the Champions League tie.

Ander Herrera limped off with a pulled hamstring in the first half against Watford, and Phil Jones did not manage to complete 90 minutes after hurting his ankle. The Mirror reports that Juan Mata also picked up a knock, but he is most likely going to be available for the clash against PSV.

United turned to youth on the weekend in the absence of a number of key first teamers, with Memphis starting up front in his first Premier League match in over a month, Jesse Lingard again starting on the wing, and Andreas Pereira, Paddy McNair, Sean Goss and 18-year-old Marcus Rashford on the bench. Ideally they won’t have to have such a young, inexperienced bench again in a crucial match mid-week, but it may have to happen due to the unfortunate number of injuries picked up over the last few weeks.

LvG – Hard Man or Big Softie?

Throughout his career, much has been said of Louis van Gaal’s harsh treatment of his players. After numerous bust ups with high-profile players and managers such as Rivaldo, Víctor Valdés and Dutch legend Johan Cruyff it is suggested that he takes no prisoners and does not view success as a measurement for respect. However, in a recent interview with the Telegraph, Juan Mata has suggested that the ‘Iron Tulip’ has a softer side which the media does not see.

The 'Iron Tulip' has a softer side according to Juan Mata.
The ‘Iron Tulip’ has a softer side according to Juan Mata.

“I really value his honesty,” told Mata on Van Gall, “When someone does something in training that he really likes, he goes over to hug and kiss them”. Despite his ‘hard-man’ attitude, there is no doubt that Van Gaal cares for his players, he never has any bad words for them, only words of encouragement and, with this latest revelation, he has a little more than encouragement reserved for his men. According to Mata, the Dutchman is not afraid to let his players know who’s performing well and who’s under-performing. If a player is playing well in training, Mata tells us that “he says in front of everyone: ‘You are the best in training, I’m really proud of how you played,’ to set a a good example to others.”

Hugs and kisses: LvG has a lot of love reserved for his players... if they are playing well.
Hugs and kisses: LvG has a lot of love reserved for his players… if they are playing well.

Mata continued his evaluation of his manager by saying “Van Gaal is how you see him in the press conferences, he’s like that with us too. He’s honest and straightforward. He believes in his style of training and way of preparing for games.” So his stubborn attitude is clearly not an act, the United players witness the same Van Gaal as the media do, although there are no hugs and kisses for the media!