Mike Phelan explains why Jose Mourinho will continue to win trophies at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan believes Jose Mourinho will continue to win trophies at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese, who has three Premier League titles to his name, claimed his first major honour as Man United boss last February by winning the League Cup.

And he rounded off a hectic opening campaign by winning the Europa League for the second time and, in turn, securing Champions League football for the 2017/18 campaign.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Phelan was quick to note that Mourinho’s winning formula will ensure United’s trophy winning streak will continue.

“Over a 90-plus minute game things change all the time,” he said. “A game plan is a game plan; it’s the flexibility from then on which counts.”

“He has got a record and his record is winning things and you don’t win things on one game early in the season. It takes a period of time and a process.

“If that way of things works at the end of the season then that is your judgement and he has certainly got the experience and tactical nous to be able to produce winning teams and he is going to do that with Manchester United.”

Mourinho has spent his career fluctuating between scalping the biggest major honours in world football and ignominious exits from various clubs. He is by no means a long-term manager but more of a napalm strike in footballing form.

Indeed, for the Portuguese, success and failure are symbiotic in his approach. He will generate something truly special, bringing the very best out of players and creating an atmosphere of siege mentality that makes his players run through walls for him, only for the entire thing to fizzle out – usually because that bubble he creates eventually pops and the entire thing falls down quite rapidly.

This happened most notably during his last stint at Chelsea, and you hope that, as a result, his strategy at Old Trafford can transcend this recurring stumbling block that has stopped him from enjoying long-term success at one club.

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