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Jose Mourinho at home in the English Premier League

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Out of all the new managerial appointments in the English Premier League this season, one of the most popular and influential has got to be Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho. The Premier League, and for that matter, Chelsea, have never really been the same when he decided to part ways with the club in September 2007. The ‘chosen one’ then went off to Italy  and got his second Champions League trophy at Inter Milan in 2010, and then joined Spain’s Real Madrid where he won the La Liga in 2012, nine points ahead of rivals Barcelona. Online betting operator bet365 have already made Chelsea joint favourites with Manchester City to win the EPL priced at 9/4, which reflects the ‘Mourinho Factor’ and pushes Manchester United into third spot at 11/4 to retain the title.

Jose has already admitted that his first game at Stamford Bridge against Hull City on Sunday will be an emotional return. The manager has already been quoted as saying he is back where he belongs and with him having ‘experiences in three other countries’, he has come to the conclusion that England is his ‘favourite country to work in’. Mourinho seems to have rediscovered his passion for the game, that was really coming apart in the last months in Spain. He is now talking about giving ‘everything for his club and the Premier League’.

Personally, like so many others in the football world, I believe Jose Mourinho is one of the best things to happen to the English Premier League. There are very few managers that have the charm, charisma and the ability to influence a game as much as he can, and this is the reason why Chelsea are joint favourites to win the title this season. Wayne Rooney would have probably made them all out favourites to take the title, but it seems as if this move is unlikely to happen.

The opening weekend of the Premier League is one of the most interesting for quite some time, with all the top teams in action, and everyone looking to see how they all perform when the dust settles. David Moyes is already moaning about the fixtures, so whoever manages to shine in the first week, should be able to build pressure on others and emphasize the ever increasing competitiveness of this league.

 

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Manchester United all wrong about Rooney

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The saga continues between Wayne Rooney and Manchester United, with the striker now ‘angry and confused’ with Moyes latest comments and Chelsea coming in with a bid for the player which has been rejected. It all started last season as Sir Alex Ferguson started to favour Welbeck and Robin van Persie as his strikers of choice. Understandably, the English International was not happy and verbally requested a transfer at the end of 2012/13 season. Things seemed to be calming down during the summer, as David Moyes insisted Wayne was part of his plans going forward and reports of the striker looking fitter than ever.

This is all changed with recent comments by Moyes where he confirmed Robin van Persie as his main striker, and Wayne would be kept on as a replacement for the Dutchman, if he got injured. This was not the best thing to say, as I am betting anyone would infer that Wayne would never be able to fight for his place, as the decision had already been made on the choice of striker, and that the English striker would be on the bench waiting for van Persie to be injured to get a run. I have to admit that if I was Rooney, I would be re-thinking my future at a club who just wanted me as a substitute, after nine years of playing regular Premier League and International football, and still in the prime of my career.

Is it no wonder that there is interest from Jose Mourinho, with him stating that Rooney is a player that he admires and obviously it would not be good for one of the best English strikers to be sitting on a bench for the best part of a season. I can understand Manchester United’s view, that they would like to continue with van Persie and keep Rooney as a back up, especially with Robin’s past experiences with injuries that kept him out of the game for long spells at Arsenal.

However, it just does not seem right that a player with the potential, experience, goal scoring record, work rate and calibre of Wayne Rooney to be ‘warming the bench’. It is not good for the player, the England team, Manchester United fans and the English Premier League, that one of the best and most exciting players in the world is sat on a bench in the hope of someone getting injured. Can I blame the striker for wanting out, not really.

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David Moyes to meet with Wayne Rooney

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Manchester United fans and the football world will be keenly waiting for the outcome of the meeting between David Moyes and Wayne Rooney over the striker’s future with the Red Devils. Manchester United and ex manager Sir Alex Ferguson have been adamant that the English striker is not going anywhere. But ever since Rooney’s fall from grace with Sir Alex which saw the young man being left out of the Champions League game against Real Madrid, there has been a growing dissatisfaction from the 27 year old which led to him verbally submitting a transfer request in the few days left of the last season. During the summer, online betting operators have not been able to get a solid feeling on how this episode is going to end, but hopefully by end of play tomorrow we should all have a clearer picture.

For me there is no certainty that one of Manchester United’s best players and strikers will stay at Old Trafford. There are a couple hurdles which need to overcome at the very start, one is the relationship between the two men. Although all seems good at the surface, it is only normal for Wayne not to fancy being under Moyes, especially after the player left Everton and mentioned Moyes in his book which the manger then sued and won a undisclosed sum of cash. In addition, the player would need to trust that his manager will always try his best to keep him in the first eleven, something that David Moyes may not want to ‘guarantee’.

Also, in spite of the fact that Manchester United have always stated that the player will not be sold, now is the right time if the striker wants to leave in order to get value on his exit. There was some doubt as to whether top clubs in Europe or the English Premier League would want to pay a huge fee plus take on the player’s heavy wage bill, but this has been laid to rest with interest from Paris St-Germain, Chelsea and Arsenal. And there is no doubt these clubs will guarantee the English striker first team football.

It will be such a shame for the striker to leave Old Trafford, but it also such a shame that Alex Ferguson did not show faith in his ability to make the difference in key games especially in the Champions League.

 

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