Manchester United legend Andy Cole has revealed that head coach Jose Mourinho will need to pull off magic if he is the win the Premier League in his first season.
Cole revealed that Mourinho would have to be a magician if he was to pull off instant success at the club but he hopes that the former Chelsea man will ensure United have a better season than they did over the last campaign.
He was quoted by FourFourTwo [via BBC Radio Manchester] as saying: “If Jose Mourinho comes to Man Utd and wins [the Premier League] in the first season I think that would be like Dynamo the magician.
“It would be fantastic. He’s under no illusions how tough it’s going to be to come to Man Utd and try and win the Premier League the first season.”
Cole also revealed that he believes United’s goal is to finish the league campaign in the top four and ensure Champions League football – something Louis van Gaal failed to do last season.
“Fingers crossed we have a better season than we did last season,” he added.
“Finishing in the top four has got to be a must. New manager and new players as well, it should be a good season.”
Cole also stated that he agrees with the clubs policy of playing some of the biggest teams in club football such as Borussia Dortmund and rivals Manchester City over the pre-season as it will give Mourinho a better understanding of his squad.
The Red Devils will play Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on 22 July and cross-city rivals Manchester City in Beijing on 25 July.
“It’s pre-season – you’ve got to get up to speed,” he said. “When it comes to playing in good competition games in pre-season, that’s the test you want.
“You don’t want to be winning games 10-0 in pre-season. You want a good stern test and they’ll get that this pre-season.”
United will then face Salford City at Moor Lane on 26 July and then take on Turkish giants Galatasaray in Gothenburg on 30 July.
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