Seven months is a long time. A lot can be done in seven months. For instance, you could binge-watch a TV series---Weeds is really good in case you haven’t watched that--- or maybe go on vacation. You could even catch up on some reading. But then these are relaxing, calming things that normal people do.
Jose Mourinho does not like to relax. Jose likes to take digs at other managers, or fall out with his own players. Or maybe turn the scribes against him. This when he is on the job.
One would think then, that when he was sacked as Chelsea coach last December, Jose would take some time off from the demands of being the manager of one of the biggest clubs, in one of the biggest league.
Maybe drink some fine wine while gazing at a sunset and have his feet massaged. After all, the Portuguese was out of a job for the first time in eight years.
But god no. A break? Mourinho? That would be blasphemous!
Who will create all the controversy?
Jose doesn’t do that. What Mourinho did, was to turn his attention to the job a former mentor of his already had and begin to flutter his eyelashes at his employers. What Mourinho did was to reportedly send a letter to Manchester United, highlighting how he could improve the team and what his key aims would be. His former mentor, Louis van Gaal, would be proud.
But just this, is what could lead to one of the best transfer windows for not only Mourinho but also Manchester United. Never before has Mourinho had so much time to identify his transfer targets, and that has led to many arrivals either turning out to be flops, or being stuck on the bench.
Andre Schhurrle, Juan Cuadrado, Juan Mata, Cesar Azpiliqueta are just some of the few who have faced Mourinho’s axe.
Now though, after seven months free, just a week into the job officially, and Mourinho has made three signings for United and each once of them make perfect sense.
Eric Bailly? A tall centre-half with pace to complement Chris Smalling? Yes please.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic? The name says it all.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the third signing officially announced on Wednesday and the playmaker makes it three out of three in terms of good signings. He will add pace and creativity to a side that desperately needs it.
Now, if rumours are to be believed, Paul Pogba is being lined with a 80-million pound bid.
From United’s point of view, the summer is already proving to be more productive than the last few years. Angel di Maria failed. Radamel Falcao was a disaster. Marounne Fellaini is as productive as a lamppost.
The list goes on. It really didn’t seem like it made sense, this marriage between Mourinho and United given the history between the two, maybe a bit of time is all that was needed.
Seven months of it, to be precise.