José Mourinho more of a risk for Manchester United than three years ago | Paul Wilson

Appointment is presented as a win-win at Old Trafford but the new manager left Chelsea with a few more blots on his reputation

Managerial rethinks never used to be such seismic events and perhaps it is regrettable that the personalities on the sidelines now tend to overshadow the contributions of those on the pitch, but José Mourinho colliding with Manchester United was never going to take place quietly or off?camera.

All incoming leaders at Old Trafford rightly feel the job is one of the biggest the game has to offer and Mourinho was not merely pressing the supporters’ buttons when he spoke of mystique, romance and the special honour of becoming United’s manager.

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