Mourinho must end drought

HONG KONG – Jose Mourinho must lead Manchester United to the English title this season if he is to re-establish the culture that under-pinned the success of the Alex Ferguson era, the Scotsman’s former right-hand man Carlos Queiroz has told Reuters.

Queiroz was assistant manager under Ferguson during two spells totalling five years from 2002 to 2008 and instrumental in the club’s 2008 Champions League win as well as three Premier League title triumphs.

The 64-year-old feels United have simply followed the big-spending blueprint of clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea in the post-Ferguson era and need to bed down a nucleus of players to have a chance of sustained success.

“The Manchester United that I worked for was based on a couple of elements, the foundation of Alex was based on continuity and trust,” Queiroz, who has just secured back-to-back World Cup qualifications with Iran, said.

“Manchester United didn’t have different teams at that time, they had a core of players that established the heritage of the club, the culture of the club. In my opinion, the things that made the team and the club suffer and drop was when this cultural approach was broken, to start to be like other clubs and building teams with money. The club lost a little bit of its heritage.”

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