Jose Mourinho’s League Cup comments destroy Manchester United trophy myth

Jose Mourinho was the last manager to win the League Cup with Manchester United during their cup-treble but his tenure at Old Trafford emphasizes the desire for a mentality switch.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s double broke the hearts of Southampton fans after Manolo Gabbiadini fired back with a double of his own.

United’s trophy hope now lies on lifting the Champions League in Paris at the end of the season, otherwise, the wait for silverware will extend into its sixth year.

The Portuguese tactician was the last manager in the Old Trafford hot seat to be on the winner’s podium when they beat Ajax in the Europa League final.

Speaking after their triumph at Wembley, he said: “I’m very happy.

“I’m very happy. I’m very happy. I’m happy for the players, the fans. I try to put myself secondary, but the truth is it was important for me. I put pressure on myself.

“I try to win a major trophy at every club, so to win with Manchester United is a relief. The reality is we want more.

“I do not want to look at it as a platform. It’s something that happened. It’s one more game we now want to delete from our minds. It’s over, it’s finished, it’s a sense of relief. It’s one of those finals I do not like. “

Second-place in the Premier League and FA Cup final disappointment, as well as a shock exit to Derby defending their title, followed a season after. Ultimately, the next campaign spelled the end of his time at Old Trafford as he was relieved of his duties in late 2018 and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they meandered in mid-table.

With their managerial search ongoing, Mourinho’s initial success highlights the importance to shift from the thirst for immediate success and build for a sustainable future of success.

Following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, the former Chelsea boss became the third sacked manager since the legendary Scot’s bow out of football whilst Manchester City and Liverpool had gradually cemented their place as league, cup and European contenders season-in, season-out.

For the incoming manager, Mourinho’s comments serve as an important point in the club’s history that the ‘relief’ winning silverware will not see the pressures immediately evaporate, a plan for sustainable success will be needed amid the exasperation.

Sign up to our United newsletter so you never miss an update from Old Trafford this season.

Leave a Comment