Sunday 4 December 2016

The Jose Mourinho factor is already kicking in at Old Trafford

Published 02/06/2016 | 12:34

Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs
Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs

Manchester United have reported a rush in season ticket sales following the appointment of Jose Mourinho as the club’s new manager, with all remaining tickets for the next Premier League season now sold out.

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That lack of enthusiasm that enveloped the club in the final months of Louis van Gaal’s spell as manager has been replaced by wild excitement following the arrival of Mourinho as his replacement and the surge of tickets sales have confirmed a dramatic change of mood.

United's decision to extend their season ticket deadline heightened the suspicion that the club were planning to off-load the unpopular Van Gaal soon after the FA Cup final, with news breaking moments after United lifted the trophy at Wembley that his tenure at the club was coming to an end.

Now it has emerged that he last season tickets up for grabs at Old Trafford next season have been snapped up following the arrival of serial winner Mourinho at Old Trafford.

It has been reported that Mourinho has pulled out of his planned appearance at Old Trafford as manager of the England team at the Soccer Aid match this weekend, meaning first game as United manager on home soil is likely to come in Wayne Rooney testimonial in the first week of August.

That will be followed by the opening of the new Premier League season the following weekend, with the gloomy depression that has hung over United since Alex Ferguson's retirement in the summer of 2013 clearing amid the optimism that has greeted Mourinho's appointment.

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