That's probably what bothers me the most. During his first two seasons Mourinho spent a fortune, mainly on Lukaku, Pogba, Matic, Bailly, Sanchez, lindelof, Ibrahimovic but people make these wild claims about him being told false promises and not having his preferred signings. Then why his signings were players that he spent years talking about in the case of Pogba and players that are to this day considered to be his guys in Matic, Lukaku, Ibrahimovic while Lindelof and Bailly were supposed to come from his personal scout?I always hold a balanced view. I don't get ridiculously angry like some do, either angrily defending that Jose won trophies here, or angrily stating that he was toxic and destroyed a lot behind the scenes.
I believe, he came in, tried to do it his way, he was told some false promises over signings, ended up with half of his preferred team, managed to win some trophies and landed us a top 2 finish. He then had a complete meltdown and left the club. Those who say he was a complete failure are wrong, and those who say he was a complete success and that he should still be here, are also wrong.
I'm sure if he was still here, Lukaku would be scoring just as much as Martial, Matic would be playing as well as he is now, we'd have signed Maguire, Wan Bissaka and either Bruno or a Bruno-type player. We'd probably be about 5th-6th, but in my view with dull, defensive, negative football and negativity around the squad and the club.
For everything that Ole has brought to this club, whether he is good enough or not, one thing I will always admire from him and thank him for as a Man United fan is for bringing the positivity, the team mentality and the hunger back to this club. He's bought himself another 12-18 months in my eyes, just to install that mentality, even if another world class manager comes in and takes this squad on or not.
The second bolded sentences are also amazing Lukaku and Matic spent almost a year being terrible under Mourinho. And there is no point spending a top 10 all time fee on a player, if he can only score as much as a player that you already have.