The obvious hope of higher-ups at Manchester United must be that bringing in Jose Mourinho will cause a style revolution. The summer signings would not fit in last season’s side, but this side must not play in the same way as last season’s side. Furthermore, Mourinho’s strength of personality should prevent the discord within the ranks that Van Gaal had to deal with often last season.
It is difficult to expect that Mourinho can come in and alter a project that Van Gaal built for the past two seasons straight away. Especially with only one preseason under his belt.
Perhaps Mourinho wants to turn Manchester United into a more muscular, physical team. But it may have been wiser to buy several players who could help adapt United to that style rather than two hyper-expensive ones that may have to adapt before they can flourish.