Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has heaped praise on Jose Mourinho for the difference he has made since arriving in June.
Man United encountered a difficult start to life under Mourinho, often failing to covert promising performances into results during the months of October and November.
However, Tuesday’s first leg 2-0 win over Hull City in the League Cup semi-final extended their winning run to nine games and their unbeaten record to 15.
And Yorke, speaking after the game, made note of the immense change Mourinho has delivered at United.
“They seem to have that mojo back,” he said.
“I went in to the club yesterday and the change and contrast in that club from six months ago is enormous.
“You speak to people behind the scenes and they are so much happier, there is so much confidence. The change is like, wow, is this the same place as six months ago?
“The players are enjoying training, they are looking forward to it the next day. These players are really focused and sensing something really special is about to happen at Manchester United.”
The 53-year-old has already overseen numerous improvements during his time at Old Trafford: the quality of personnel, style of play, number of goals scored are all relevant examples.
Underlying all of that, however, is the change in mentality. These players – deprived of any sense of belief or individualism under Louis van Gaal – are now enjoying life at United again. There is a clear purpose, a clear strategy in the pursuit of victory. The bond between manager and player is unavoidably strong, and nobody can doubt that United are heading in the right direction under Mourinho.