Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has hailed Jose Mourinho for bringing the fear factor back to Old Trafford, after the Red Devils swept aside FC Basel on their return to the Champions League.
United had endured a 644-day absence from European football’s top table ahead of Tuesday‚Äôs game, but they announced their return with a bang as Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford completed a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Mourinho‚Äôs new-look side have started the season in rampant form ‚Äď scoring 15 goals in just five games.
Many are tipping them as favourites for the Premier League title and Parker believes they are also serious challengers in the Champions League too ‚Äď thanks to Mourinho‚Äôs fast work to make the Red Devils a ruthless force once again.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a big difference between the team of last season, which were the draw specialists, to the team this season,‚ÄĚ the former United and England defender said.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre killing teams off. They could go and just win a game 1-0, but instead they win by three or four just by sheer power. They dominate teams by sheer strength.
‚ÄúManchester United got that fear factor back again, and they‚Äôve got it back very quickly [under Jose Mourinho].
‚ÄúI think they can get even stronger in the Champions League.
‚ÄúIf they get through the group stages, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come back as well, I just think he‚Äôs going to make that much difference to the team in the knock-out stages.‚ÄĚ