First Presser: Fiery Mourinho and Humble Pep mark new beginnings with stark differences

First Presser Fiery Mourinho and Humble Pep mark new beginnings with stark differences

With both the Manchester heavyweights unveiling the men they believe will lead them back to their glory days, the first press conference has given the respective fans of Manchester United as well as Manchester City plenty to be excited as well as has left some to fear for the future. While Mourinho’s press conference saw him return to his trademark style with his words, Pep’s first presser saw him turning a new leaf.

First Presser: Fiery Mourinho and Humble Pep mark new beginnings with stark differences

First Presser Fiery Mourinho and Humble Pep mark new beginnings with stark differences

First Presser Fiery Mourinho and Humble Pep mark new beginnings with stark differences

Quite contrary to his first press appearance eight years ago in 2008, this one saw a more humble Pep, a Pep who was unwilling to make big promises or bold predictions. Incongruous to him, Jose Mourinho’s first British press conference in 2016 saw him hold nothing back. Shots were fired and the Manchester United were given a glimpse of what to expect on the pitch in the upcoming fixtures.

Big Promises, dismissive commandments and a reset to 2013-14

Mourinho had a say on everything. The noteworthy of many of those being his demand to forget the past three years. He wanted them to remember the times of Sir Alex Ferguson. In one stroke, he swatted aside all the philosophies and emphasis on playing styles that his predecessors David Moyes and Luis Van Gaal had discussed with the world outside. That may be a big challenge for him going into the future though. While Van Gaal had the “luxury” of succeeding Moyes, he also made a point to remind all those around him of the ill-fated reign that the Scot had in Old Trafford. It helped him immensely to fend off the pressure in his first year when the Red Devils had miraculously managed to finish fourth despite having suffered defeats at the hands of MK Dons in the league Cup earlier into the campaign and no other cup commitments to distract them. Mourinho, on the other hand, despised such thought and has accepted the pressure to make the English behemoth successful from his first year in charge itself. A challenge with difficulty of significant magnitude but one which has managed to pull off whilst at Real Madrid. His assertion that the fallacies of “Words and Philosophies” was the one he detests is a direct attack on his former mentor and friend Luis Van Gaal. Having managed to expropriate the top job at Old Trafford from the Dutchman, he sniped about his age of 53 not being akin to 63 or 73 and hence would be more suited to eulogising his mentality of attacking and winning to his players. His nemesis, the poor Arsene Wenger wasn’t spared too. Defending his capability to win a title in his debut season with the Red Devils, he questioned the credentials of the managers who hadn’t managed to lay their hand on the coveted English prize in the last 10 years or so. His one comment however, could potentially turn out to be his unbecoming. That on United legend Ryan Giggs. To dismiss his departure from the club to the fact that he was chosen to be better suited to the hot seat at Old Trafford could’ve been better handled. If the results are reminiscent to the ones he delivered at Inter, Real and Chelsea, he is not expected to face much adversity. However, if the adversities do come, his comment on Giggs may have a big part in his potential predicament.

Transfer under wraps and Philosophy in the closet, Pep refuses to show his cards

With Pep’s arrival, many were licking their lips with the prospect of a repeat of the famed rivalries, on and off the pitch, between the one time clubmates Mourinho and Pep. The introduction of Guardiola may have dampened their modes. When poked on the prospect of a showdown with Mourinho, he was gracious to state the he became better with Mourinho’s rivalry. On the transfer plans too, he was noncommittal. Every question that were meant to antagonize him, he simply laughed it off or fulfilled them with responses which would have left the questioners disappointed. Guardiola 3.0 is vastly different from Guardiola 1.0 who in no uncertain terms had made Ronaldinho aware of what awaited him if he was to accept the prospect of playing under the legendary Catalan. Perhaps as a result of the brutal results at Bayern Munich in champion’s league, Guardiola is keener to hit the ground running and let his results do the talking. Both the red and blue halves of Manchester though, would be glowing with the prospects that awaits them in 2016-17.

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