So how did Mourinho do on his first game as MUFC manager?


Jose Mourinho is pretty pleased with his first success as Manchester United manager - especially with the "manifestation of happiness" from the crowd.

As he starts life as MUFC manager with a 2-0 win over Wigan in his first pre-season friendly, let's take a closer look at his performance at the DW Stadium.

1. Reception

There's plenty of Mourinho to go around, folks.
There's plenty of Mourinho to go around, folks (Martin Rickett/PA)

Mourinho's visage was visible long before kick-off, with scarves for sale proclaiming the Special One all around the DW Stadium. The Portuguese was mobbed for autographs as he emerged from the tunnel and obliged a lucky few, while the first chants of his name arrived little more than a minute into proceedings.

The huge ovation as he waved towards the fans at the end of the match suggested that unanimous support from the stands is guaranteed when the season begins.

2. Demeanour

Just keeping it cool.
Just keeping it cool (Martin Rickett/PA)

Mourinho found himself outshone by opposite number Gary Caldwell in the sartorial stakes, opting for trainers and comfortable clothing while the Latics boss donned a sharp navy suit for the occasion.

Mourinho's relaxed garb extended to his touchline behaviour too. He was present in the technical area for much of the match but hardly exerted himself beyond the occasional word of positional advice.

That he could not even throw himself fully into contesting a free-kick decision that went against his side confirmed that this was clearly a small step up from a training drill at Carrington.

3. Tactics

Confident choice.
Confident choice (Martin Rickett/PA)

Mourinho went in with a 4-2-3-1 formation, as favoured during his last title reign at Chelsea.

The midfield base of Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera was hardly overworked but allowed the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard to commit to attack. Their efforts were hampered by a flat showing from James Wilson up front, though the return of Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford and the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic should pep things up in the final third.

At half-time Mourinho rang the changes, bringing both goals, and the last half-hour consisted largely of tinkering.

Ashley Young and Juan Mata switched flanks, and the latter was asked to push wider or press closer towards central striker Will Keane from time to time.