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Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge, seeks revenge!
United boss Jose Mourinho is returning today to his former home at Stamford Bridge for the first time since being sacked for the second time by the Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich. The ex-special one and/or chosen one is bitter with his ex-employer at Stamford Bridge and he’ll want to prove a point – a big point! United players have been training hard as the boss prepares to lead Manchester United to ‘war’ against Chelsea in a week nine match of the English Premier League.
No one is in doubt that Mourinho sees this Sunday game as the most important in the first part of his tenure as Manchester United manager, and it would be a sweet revenge for him, if he wins, at least to justify that his sack at Stamford Bridge was not merited. Personally, I think that Mourinho’s sack was not merited, even if it was – because he would’ve remained at Stamford Bridge and maybe, just maybe – Ryan Giggs would’ve assumed his deserved mantle of leadership and managing the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
To be able to counter Chelsea’s dangerous foray, United would have to heavily rely on the express services of United’s new very expensive signing: Paul Pogba; and others viz. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Old hands like Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling, goal minder David De Gea and the future of Manchester United, Marcus Rashford will come in handy to help Mourinho’s ‘war’ against Chelsea.
And should Chelsea win, they will be five points clear of United after just nine games.
Indeed, Antonio Conte’s men have been in brilliant attacking form in the League so far, although Liverpool clipped their wings recently. Nevertheless, considering the number of matches Chelsea has won, the Blues are still a threat. With five wins, and only one loss with 16 points, the West Londoners look good to go against United with stoic determination.
Chelsea’s strongman Diego Costa has netted several match-winning strikes this season under Conte, and he is in such good form that new £30million signing Michy Batshuayi is yet to start a league game. Chelsea will heavily depend on Costa to carry the day. Somehow, something tells me that Mourinho will win this ‘war’ or at lest draw at Stamford Bridge – just as he drew at Anfield. Mourinho knows fully well that his nemesis who fired him twice, a Russian known as Roman Abramovich, will be sitting quietly in his VIP box, watching not only United battling his Chelsea but watching Mourinho himself – directing his presumed demolition of the Blues on their turf.
However, knowing Mourinho’s vengeance streak and his determination to wreak vengeance on perceived enemies, United may come out roaring and get licked by the Blues. Again, knowing Mourinho, not wanting just to draw but to win at Stamford Bridge at all costs, he will mix forays into Chelsea’s 18th space with Zlatan making dashes and Smalling and co., blocking the leaks behind. I think that for United to win this Mourinho’s ‘war’, United’s much vaunted attacking football will have to be tamed, in order to limit Costa’s ‘impending’ damage.
The Portuguese man will definitely want to win the Sunday EPL battle at Stamford Bridge to be in good stead for the Premier League title contest. Will that change my mind about Mourinho? Time will tell . . .
Up Man U!