For an idea of how Jose Mourinho got it so wrong at Old Trafford and what Manchester United now need to get right, a good place to begin is with the first press conference the last manager he’d lose to held, writes Kieran Shannon.
When Jurgen Klopp was presented as Brendan Rodgers’ successor at Anfield — the same venue that at the weekend staged not so much Mourinho’s last stand as his last collapse as United supremo — it didn’t take long for him to be asked about the dubious quality of squad he had inherited and how active he planned to be in the transfer market.
Klopp didn’t give the answer which that line of inquiry was seeking. Instead, he gave one that the players needed, and thus by extension, the club and its supporters. As Raphael Honigstein, a leading writer on German football, would put it in his fine study of his fellow countryman, Klopp: Bring The Noise, “There was no point joining in the public lament about the team’s poor defenders and general lack of quality in relation to the title contenders; Klopp had to work with the squad at his disposal and talk up its strengths instead.”
Not a member yet? Register here