While English and Welsh fans return home from the Euros, the Manchester United faithful this week welcomed the arrival of Jose Mourinho as manager.
Not only can they look forward to the start of the Premier League on August 13, they will also be able to enjoy a brand new book, The Red One, about his sensational appointment from legendary football writer Harry Harris who has already written five books about the most famous manager in the world. Harry commented: “ This will be the most explosive season in Premier League history: all the world's top managers are here, and none will be bigger or more headline-grabbing than the dynamic duo in Manchester where Jose versus Pep contest will reverberate around the world and back again. " While Guardiola was a momentous signing for City, United trumped them with Jose Mourinho to succeed Louis Van Gaal. The appointment has given the United faithful their belief back. “
The Red One exclusively reveals what really spilled over between Mourinho and Guardiola in Spain that makes their unexpected reunion in England so compelling and such a personal showdown. Their first Manchester derby takes place at Old Trafford on September 10.
Two United legends Bryan Robson and Ray Wilkins have provided forewords for the book which is due for release by G2 Entertainment in August priced at £9.99.
Robson believes he will bring back the glory days to Old Trafford: “ The fact that Jose Mourinho has been successful wherever he has been fills me with enormous confidence that he can bring back the steel to the team that has been missing for a couple of years now.
“ I believe he is the right choice. There are not many managers in the world who can fill Sir Alex’s boots and we have seen this over the past few years now. You really do need someone with a big character like Jose at Old Trafford, as it is a big, big job, and it takes a big, big manager to tackle it. “
Wilkins is convinced that Mourinho is the man who could turn things around and make United one of the greats again: “ The fans might have been thinking ‘is Jose the right man for us’? My message to the fans is ‘don’t worry’, he is tailor made for Old Trafford. “
He also thinks that the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a masterstroke: “ He is Cantonesque in his qualities of style, arrogance and class; he will have an enormous influence on the team. He is a proper character, and he can do for United what Cantona did for them. He is a phenomenal footballer who scored 50 goals in 51 appearances for Paris St. Germain last season. That’s some going, he will light up Old Trafford, he’s got balls. “
He was joined at the club this week by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, German player of the year from Borussia Dortmund, while the rumours persist that Manchester United is preparing a £100m bid for Juventus and French star player Paul Pogba, who United allowed to leave some four years ago.