After Busy Preseason, Jose Mourinho Seems to Finally Know His Best Team

Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale

Last season, Mourinho was guilty of drawing too many games, however, as any United fan subjected to Van Gaal's chessboard football would attest, the Portuguese tactician drastically improved the club's style of play.

In goal, David de Gea remains a steadfast presence and the Spaniard is one of the best keepers in the Premier League.

Matic adds aggression and discipline to United's midfield and he will fit right into Mourinho's preferred three-man midfield, and should be a regular figure in the starting XI alongside Ander Herrera and Pogba.

Ivan Perisic's agent reportedly visited Manchester United today to update them on Inter's plans to offer a contract extension.

He said: "Harry Kane is the best striker in the Premier League right now, but for me, Romelu Lukaku is the best signing of the summer transfer window".

On the left of the attacking trident up front, Marcus Rashford offers blistering pace and fast feet, on the right Henrikh Mkhitaryan with his tidy dribbling and knack for scoring goals, and leading the line, Lukaku, with his enormous power, sheer brute strength and goalscoring prowess.

Mourinho is renowned for his ability to transform teams into Champions during his second season, and the way he has meticulously cherry picked his signings means that United finally look ready to be considered as such.

'There are two different people with Mourinho.

When playing United, managers often set their team up to defend both narrowly and in numbers, searching for a draw, and thanks to some utterly atrocious finishing, they usually got it. That wasn't enough last year and it won't be enough this year.

Despite a rocky start, Mourinho has put in the foundations. Some of these are tricky fixtures, but it's against teams like these that United struggled last season.

A major flaw in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era has been Man Utd's inability to break down teams at Old Trafford.

According to, agent Fali Ramadani was in Manchester today to visit Mourinho and the Old Trafford directors.

That's what makes this marriage between manager and club so awkward. The only clues provided on Wednesday night was the silhouette of the mystery man and some choice quotes from the piece revealing that the player wants to leave the club, feels the club needs to buy more "world-class players" and, perhaps unsurprisingly, he'd like to win some trophies. Anything less would be considered failure.

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