There is a theory in life that happy people attract happy things and, conversely, unhappy people attract, well you know.
There’s also a theory that there are two types of people in the world; those that make excuses and those that don’t.
Imagine being an unhappy person who makes excuses. That must be a miserable existence, right?
Step forward, Jose Mourinho.
Admittedly, it is easier to be happy when you are the best in the business. It is easier to be happy when you are right slap bang in the middle of your prime. It is easier to be happier when you feel immortal in your field. Jose, if he is being honest with himself if not the rest of the world, cannot be feeling any of these things currently.
And boy, does it show in his demeanour.
Manchester United are currently in the USA under-going a “very bad” pre-season if you listen to the Mourinho narrative.
Why is it so bad? Jose points to the fact that so many players are missing, almost making it sound as though it is only Manchester United suffering from this fact. Granted, he is without thirteen senior players in Alexis Sánchez, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof, Ashley Young, David de Gea, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Phil Jones but as I said, this is not exclusive to United.
Jose also feels that Ed Woodward should be doing more to support him in the transfer market, despite being given £55m to spend on Fred, a midfielder not able to get ahead of Paulinho in the Brazil side and £19m to spend on Diogo Dalot, a virtually unknown right-back from Porto. Woodward would like Jose to sell before they go out and buy, words that almost start to sound like Woodward is learning how to do this job properly after all this time.
If you look over the road at Manchester City, you just don’t hear Pep moaning about life – though he does have a Premier League trophy to sleep next to at night. Pep has players missing too, following the World Cup but he prefers to look at it this way: “I learned when a little boy in Barcelona, don’t find excuses. We are happy to have 16 players out – the most [of any club], that’s a good sign for the club. We are going to adapt, it’s a simple as that.”
As I said, some people make excuses. Some people do not.
It cannot be argued that United’s squad does need more, especially when you look to compare it to the team sharing the city. But it is not as if Jose has not been given a vast transfer budget – and he will certainly push for more.
Mourinho still wants, in no particular order, Harry Maguire – a player who has seen his ‘value’ go through the roof off the back of a decent World Cup, something he has in common with two other targets in Ante Rebic and Ivan Perisic. Mourinho is still keen on Barcelona target Willian, who has said he wants to leave Chelsea. If Jose was to get his way and sign all four that is going to be a minimum outlay of just shy of £200m. Another £200m.
Will they turn United into title winners?
I would wager not.
Therefore, will Jose’s mood improve any time soon? Please refer to my previous answer.
Maybe, just maybe, if Jose cheered the hell up and worked out how he could get the best out of Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku then United might push City closer this season.
If he doesnt? Well, we all know how these things tend to end with Mourinho.