COS contributor Paul Monan makes some cheeky assumptions that may well have a tinge of truth to them…or maybe not? Could the ‘Special One’ be planning ahead to Old Trafford appointment?
The frightening combination of Real Madrid’s money and Jose Mourinho’s knack of winning gives the Special One’s new club an even greater appeal (if it’s possible?) than it previously held. However, with all the rumous flying round of Jose’s interest in his ex-players, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard being the main contenders, Real’s pots of money aren’t being linked with arguably the best player in the Premier League at the moment, Wayne Rooney. This is interesting, as obviously Mourinho will want to sign the very best players to fit into the galactico culture that Real’s recent history has created, but will he leave the United team in tact, in order to inherit it when Sir Alex eventually retires?
Maybe Mourinho’s meticulous approach to achieving victory, his reinforcement of team-spirit, would see Rooney as being an apt transfer target. Mourinho achieved success this season from a highly skilled and highly drilled team, their dogged defensive display at the Nou Camp immediately springs to mind. Rooney hits the proverbial nail on the head. He is renowned for his hard work, proving to be talismanic to United’s success, and boasts fantastic ability (all I’ll say is Newcastle + volley), so surely would be the man to take Benzema’s place in the star-studded Madrid side? Yet, there has been no mention in the paper of any sort of attempt to lure him to the Bernabeau, suggesting he’ll leave his future employers with their best employee. Real have an infamously fragile defence, and the capture of Nemanja Vidic would be benefecial to Galacticos, yet there is no speculation of any sort of move, further speculating that Mourinho will leave United with their star assets.
The papers are persistently linking Real Madrid with the Premier League’s superstars. Marca emphatically suggested that Gerrard is the main target for Mourinho’s revolution, and a raid on former club Chelsea has been heavily suggested, with Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole being touted as soon-to-be Galacticos. Both Lampard and Gerrard are typical of the Mourinho mould, team players who boss the game from the centre of the field. They would play a similar role to Sneijder at Inter, dictating the play and the tempo with their play-making ability. The potential of Gerrard being reunited with Xabi Alonso would prove to be beneficial to Jose. Their years of experience together at Liverpool should ensure that they shine immediately, as at Madrid there is notoriously no time for a settling-in period. Mourinho has managed Lampard, so knows what he can do. His goalscoring record for Chelsea is outstanding for a midfielder, and without him in the team, the side struggle, similiar to Rooney’s importance to the Manchester United side.
So, despite being linked with top-class, hard-working, English based superstars, there is a distinct lack of activity on the United front. Why aren’t Real being linked with Rooney? Many proclaim him to be the best in the world, and so surely he would fit into Madrid’s Galactico culture. The systems Mourinho developed at Chelsea and Inter were very effective, with the ability to grind out gritty victories when necessary, and dismissing the ‘Arsenal’ style. Rooney has the grabbing a game by the neck nature which Mourinho would normally love, yet he isn’t a target. Is Mourinho, therefore, leaving United united for when it becomes the Special One’s time to take control of his previous rival?