Former United assistant pays tribute to Mourinho’s work

Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan has claimed that Jose Mourinho has brought the fear factor back to the club.

United struggled in the immediate aftermath of Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal both losing their positions at the club.

Mourinho led the Red Devils to three trophies in his first season in charge, however, and a fine start to the 2017-18 campaign has seen the 20-time English champions win six of their first seven Premier League matches.

United will travel to Liverpool this weekend knowing that three points would hand them their best ever start to a Premier League campaign.

Phelan, who spent 14 years at United as part of their coaching staff, has claimed that Mourinho has made the Red Devils a team to be feared once again.

Phelan told Sky Sports:

“I think they are getting that (fear) back slowly because now at Old Trafford there is an atmosphere, there is an expectation and the players are reacting really well to it.

“You have to build that reputation that fear and I think it was lost a little bit in the time Sir Alex had left.

“In the off-season, he’s gone about his business really, really well. I think he’s come back fresh and he’s added to the squad and I think they are looking at a squad now that can really go the distance.”

In addition to making an unbeaten start to the 2017-18 Premier League campaign, United have also won both of their Champions League group matches this season.

Mourinho’s side will continue their European campaign with a trip to Benfica on Wednesday night.