Twelve months with a new team and Mourinho has consistently proven himself to be the master at figuring out where weaknesses lie and how to turn it into a winning machine.
Despite suffering an injury in the early part of last season, Mkhitaryan still managed to impress in his first season at Old Trafford by scoring 11 goals in 41 league and cup games.
Despite a rocky start, Mourinho has put in the foundations. Mourinho is quoted by the Daily Star as having said that despite being a “giant” club, United can not depend on it’s reputation alone to compete for major titles.
The football isn’t as dreary as it was under David Moyes, and certainly not as boring as it was when Louis van Gaal was in charge. And he has already matched that amount this summer.
Belgium global Lukaku is expected to start up front but it is not clear how Mourinho will settle his attacking formation with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial keen to start.
The United manager had outlined four positions he wanted to strengthen in to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the start of the transfer window, but only Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have arrived at Old Trafford.
John Stones looked shaky following his big-money move from Everton and Guardiola’s dissatisfaction with his full-back options saw midfielders Fernandinho and Jesus Navas deployed in the wide defensive positions.
The French midfielder will be looking to link up with Lukaku, his close friend.
Manchester United are in talks to re-sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the second half of the season, says manager Jose Mourinho.
Much of their success last season came on the back of now departed striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who may well re-sign with the club when he recovers from a knee injury. He was also on target during the club’s preseason tour of the United States. “I had a good rest and a long summer. Real Madrid wrestled La Liga away from Pep Guardiola in his second spell at the Bernabeu and in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, it meant the title”.
Centre-backs Eric Bailly and Phil Jones return to the Manchester United squad for West Ham’s visit to Old Trafford on Sunday, after being suspended for Tuesday’s Super Cup defeat by Real. Then, Mourinho will know whether his work is, once again, on the right track.