Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Evolution Not Revolution Is Jose's Mantra

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Evolution Not Revolution Is Jose's Mantra

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MANCHESTER United's squad could be forgiven for feeling anxious this summer as they await the Jose Mourinho effect on Old Trafford.

Amid the speculation about possible exits and arrivals, they will be on edge as they contemplate rumours that the new manager is about to sweep into the club and tear apart Louis van Gaal's senior squad.

Since the confirmation of Eric Bailly's signing from Villarreal earlier this month, movement has come to a halt.

But those currently on the United payroll may not be under as much threat as they may fear.

In his two spells at Chelsea, the Portuguese supremo did not storm into Stamford Bridge like a tornado and rip everything up and start again.

Instead, many of the squad he inherited from Claudio Ranieri in 2004 and from Rafa Benitez in 2013 were spared the axe and, on each occasion, formed the spine of Mourinho's Chelsea sides that, ultimately, won him Premier League titles.

Twelve years ago he kicked off in England against Sir Alex Ferguson's United at Stamford Bridge.

Petr Cech made his debut for Mourinho but it had been Ranieri who had sealed the deal the previous February.

The foundation of Mourinho's first season was built on Cech and players who had already been at the club when he arrived - John Terry, William Gallas, Claude Makele, Frank Lampard and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

The player making the biggest incoming impact was Mourinho buy Didier Drogba.

In 2013, Cech, Terry and Lampard were still the Chelsea driving forces and Mourinho again largely stuck with players already on the London club's books.

Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard, Ramires, Oscar and Fernando Torres were already regulars when he arrived for his second spell.

The only Mourinho buy from the summer of 2013 who really established a key role was Willian. It could be argued that on both occasions when Mourinho took over at Chelsea the quality in place was more abundant than the senior pool of players that Van Gaal formed in his two years at Old Trafford before getting the bullet after winning the FA Cup. …

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