Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told his players the school teacher ways of Louis van Gaal are over.
The People says squad members who returned to training last week have already noticed Mourinho is very much a players’ manager, with an intuitive approach rather than the teacher/pupil mode employed at times by Van Gaal.
A training ground source said: “The players have been bowled over by the manager already inside just a few days – the training ground feels alive again and there is a spring in everyone’s step.
“Michael Carrick is one of the senior players but he was saying he wished he was 25 again and facing a few years playing for Mourinho.
“The place is absolutely buzzing.
“The previous manager was very thorough in his planning and preparation and on the training ground but it all felt a little bit regimented.
“Some of the staff have already nicknamed Jose ‘Mr Meticulous’ because of his attention to detail – but the mood feels a lot lighter, albeit super-professional.
The players know Jose will be demanding, but they are excited. They want to be competing for the league title again.”