Rio Ferdinand: Jose Mourinho has reinstalled title-winning confidence at Manchester United
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand was full of praise for manager Jose Mourinho following the Red Devils’ third straight victory in the Premier League.
United dominated the game from the off against Leicester City, and they eventually won the match by a 2-0 scoreline thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini.
United previously won the English crown under Sir Alex Ferguson back in the 2012/13 season, and Ferdinand believes that Mourinho has reinstalled the title-winning confidence after guiding the club to an unbeaten start to the new campaign. The Red Devils have scored 10 goals in their opening three games of the season whilst keeping clean sheets, and they are deemed as strong favourites to pursue the title alongside cross-city rivals, who clinched a late winner over Burnley earlier on Saturday.
Speaking in the BTSportstudio, the former United centre-back said: “That comes with trophies, success. I was fortunate enough to be walking around the tunnel and in the changing rooms earlier, talking to a few of the old faces who have been here for many years. I can sense there is a difference, there’s a confidence in the place, there’s a camaraderie in the place. That’s created by this man, Jose Mourinho. He’s done that and he’s actually brought in players (that do that). Winning trophies and him getting this team and gelling this team together.”
Mourinho has seen an all-round contribution from the entire squad, and this has already improved their goalscoring ratio from last season. United were only the eighth highest scorers in the league last term with 54 goals in 36 appearances, but they look set to better the record this term with 10 goals amassed in just three outings. Players like Henrikh Mkhitaryan have also risen to the occasion following a below-par 2016/17 season with five assists in three appearances – which happens to equal a Premier League record.