Jose Mourinho did not get his way in the transfer market this summer. That has been well-documented. But behind the scenes, too, the Manchester United boss suffered an unexpected setback, according to Manchester Evening News.
In an ideal world, Mourinho would not have needed to appoint three new coaches following the surprise departure of longtime assistant Rui Faria.
Overseeing such a drastic overhaul of his back room team is something Mourinho has never had to do – let alone two years into a job – but it could yet work in the 55-year-old’s favour.
Remarkably, United have got as many new staff members as they have new players and we may well see a greater impact behind the scenes, given how Lee Grant and Diogo Dalot will not necessarily be regular starters.
It is Stefano Rapetti, Kieran McKenna and Michael Carrick who are having daily contact with the squad at Carrington and, two months since the the players returned for pre-season training, we are beginning to see glimpses of their influence.