Portuguese football manager Jose Mourinho is pictured as he returns to his home in London on May 24, 2016. Mourinho is on the verge of fulfilling his dream of managing Manchester United after Louis van Gaal's troubled two-year reign at Old Trafford came to a bitter end. Van Gaal said he was "very disappointed" to be sacked on May 23, just 48 hours after leading United to victory in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

In a move that always seemed more than likely in our lifetime, Jose Mourinho has finally joined English Premier League giants Manchester United as manager.

This of course comes just three years after Man U could have had Mourinho to replace demigod Sir Alex Ferguson, but instead went down the destructive path of David Moyes and later Louis van Gaal.

Now a vastly different canvas to what they were in 2013, Mourinho arrives at United hardly as damage goods, but also with a few more blots on his report card than after his tenure at Real Madrid.

His latest stay at Chelsea in fact reaffirms Mourinho’s critics over the years that he shows up at a club, guts it, brings in his own players, wins trophies and leaves in a less than favourable position.

If The Red Devils are looking for an immediate return to the success they had seen for decades under Alex Ferguson, they’ve got the right man to do it.

In the words of American country music singer George Strait, Mourinho will be “here for a good time, not a long time”.

However, for The Special One to truly realise his potential with the spending power he will be allowed at Old Trafford, everyone will have to play ball the Mourinho way, or it simply will not work.

One of many things that the Portuguese has built his reputation on over his career is being a hard taskmaster, expecting nothing less than a players’ best efforts, and done so according to the method Mourinho has offered.

In this vein, he will be a large departure from the managers that most of this current Manchester United squad have had.

Both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal have been largely intimated by the club, which is unlikely to be something we will seem from Mourinho in his time at Old Trafford.

The Special One will look to spare no feelings in his bid to fix the club, so it will be interesting to see who stays and who goes under Mourinho, or how successful if at all his spell is.

Tactically, the current setup at Man United does not have the kind of central midfield prowess a coach like Mourinho will be looking for, as he relies heavily on midfield superiority to win games.

Particularly, it will be interesting to see where he plays Wayne Rooney, and whether or not he decides to sell his old sparring partner Juan Mata, whom me managed at Chelsea.

It will also be interesting to see how many of the old guard he will look to bring across from southwest London, which may depend heavily on who his successor Antonio Conte chooses to sell.

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