Paul Merson: What Jose Mourinho guarantees Man United

The Arsenal legend believes Jose Mourinho will win more trophies at Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson believes Jose Mourinho will guarantee Manchester United more trophies.

The Portuguese coach took over the reins at Manchester United from Dutchman Louis van Gaal in May 2016 after Chelsea FC sacked Mourinho in December 2015.

Mourinho guided the Red Devils to the League Cup crown following a 3-2 win against Southampton at Wembley following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s winner.

Manchester United secured a place in the Champions League last term after the 20-time English champions were 2-0 winners against Dutch club Ajax in the Europa League final.

The 55-year-old has made steady progress in the 2017-18 season even if the Red Devils aren’t producing an attractive brand of football at Old Trafford.

Manchester United booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals after a 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town last week, while the Red Devils secured a credible 0-0 stalemate with Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash mid-week.

While Mourinho’s style of management has attracted criticism in recent months, former Arsenal legend Merson believes there can be no questioning his ability to win silverware.

“He’ll give you trophies, and that’s what it’s all about,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“He’s not going to play phenomenal football but they can win the Champions League going anywhere and drawing 0-0. He does what it says on the tin.

“They’ve done the hard bit in Seville, second in the league and in the FA Cup, so it is just Manchester City making everybody look bad.”

Manchester United are in second place in the Premier League table but 16 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

The Red Devils are three points ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea ahead of the visit of the defending champions at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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