All posts by Patrick McCrystal

Freelance writer currently writing for the United Stand.

Mourinho’s Second Season Magic

After his first season, which split the opinion of both Manchester United fans and football fans alike, José Mourinho will look to further add to his squad and push on for greater success both domestically and in Europe. After finishing in a measly 6th place in the league, one position less than Louis Van Gaal achieved in his last season in charge, some were quick to jump on the media bandwagon and begin to ridicule the Portuguese’s season as a complete failure; however, if they were to sit and look at the season they would find the outcome was harsh for the twenty-time champions of England.

Having drew 15 games, 10 of which were at home, the team quickly began to lose touch of the title race as they began to face the result of failing to put the ball into the net. One match in particular was the Burnley game at the end of October when Manchester United had 38 attempts at goal 31 of which were on target but could not get a goal throughout the 90 minutes as they subsequently drew 0-0.

José Mourinho’s side however did go on to lift the EPL Cup and the Europa League (alongside the curtain-raiser the Community Shield).

Mourinho lifts the Europa League (Picture:
Mourinho lifts the Europa League (Picture:

It is the second season that the United faithful should be looking forward to as ‘The Special One’ usually delivers in abundance in his second season in charge of his club. José Mourinho has won the league title in the second season in charge at every club including: Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and once more at Chelsea.

Although only averaging just over 2 years at each club its clear to see the dedication and commitment José has put into the past 12 months in charge has he projected a very drained and exhausted figure coming the end of the season. Also what is evident is that he, along with the United board, have every intention of him finishing his 3-year-deal and possibly adding more with rumors emerging after his Europa League triumph of a further bumper five-year-deal to be offered. That might be a touch premature with many managers (as you can see with Liverpool’s brilliant business with Jurgen Flopp) but with the Portuguese I don’t see it being a risk. After four seasons of domestic disappointment, despite winning both the FA Cup and EFL Cup the club have still yet to win the Premier League since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. I believe that the board will give the team and José the time, this summer transfer window is extremely important and once it closes José should have the squad he needs to challenge for the illustrious prize.

FC Porto

First season: Portuguese League, Portuguese Cup, Uefa Cup

Second season: Portuguese League, Champions League


First season: Premier League, League Cup

Second season: Premier League


First season: Italian League

Second season: ltalian League, Italian Cup, Champions League

Real Madrid

First season: Spanish Cup

Second season: Spanish league


First Season:

Second Season: Premier League

Manchester United

First Season: Community Shield, EFL Cup, Europa League

Second Season: …?

It is looking bright for the Red Devils next season and here’s hoping ‘The Special One’ and his squad can deliver on every stage bringing back the trophies the club is used to winning and bringing back the sense of stability has his reign starts to really take shape.