If Mourinho can rectify what was Ferguson's greatest mistake at Manchester United, he can save the season before it starts. The pill of a potentially controversial and trophyless year is far easier to swallow when accompanied by the sugary return of a prodigal son. And not just any prodigal son, but one that could quite conceivably go on to become the best player in the world.
You can't help but think this new Chelsea will be far more 'together' than they were in the opening months of last season. Mourinho's Chelsea were fractured; he'll have learned from his mistakes in his new role, but there'll be no more "palpable discord". Conte drives a hard bargain, and yes he's a little crazy, but he's respected.
'No, not him, anyone but him.' Was this you when Jose Mourinho was finally confirmed as Manchester United manager in May? Because it was definitely me. The former Chelsea boss took over as a proven winner, sure, the man to restore the glory days of the Sir Alex Ferguson era. That certainly appealed to the growing army of modern 'fans' who care only for results and success.
The transfer market turned crazy a long, long time ago. Premier League clubs have nigh-on endless supplies of cash to splurge in the hunt for success, and inflation will only continue in the years to come. It's a case of supply and demand, and the latter is ever-increasing. To Manchester United, Paul Pogba is worth whatever they're willing to pay. If that's more than £100million, then so be it.
The group of players Mourinho has inherited from Louis van Gaal are 80% of the way to seriously challenging for major honours and a handful of carefully selected signings would get them over the line. That being said, there is still a little deadwood that Mourinho can afford to let go as he looks to put his own stamp on the squad.
Disgruntled fans sick of reading transfer rumours that never become reality like to think that journalists sit in front of a computer screen pulling random names out of thin air and splicing them together in 200-300 words. A lot of the time, those rumours you hate so much are leaked by agents. It's not pretty and it verges on sinister, but it's an effective tactic for them.
For the first time in a long while - if ever - there's almost as much anticipation surrounding the battle between half a dozen different managers next season as there is around the players. It's... well, it's all gone a bit Game of Thrones, hasn't it? Fractured followings, disputed kings, all vying for one ultimate prize - which they all know they can't hold forever.
Mourinho's finally got the chance he's always yearned for at Old Trafford, so it's time to live with it. Disregarding his meltdown at Chelsea last season, this is a man who knows what he's doing, and knows how to get results - no matter how he goes about getting them. He'll stick to some old habits, and winning will be one of them.
As a dedicated follower of both football and IP, I was intrigued by yesterday's reports that a deal between Man United and Mourinho was being held up ...
The arrival of the former Chelsea boss represents another new era in the red half of Manchester - fans probably didn't think they would have had quite so many fresh dawns in the three short years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired - and a lot of people are clamouring to now see big changes.
From the outside looking in, the next 12 months are going to be a fascinating, revealing insight into the mindsets of the decision-makers at Old Trafford. But short of building a time machine in order to go back and nudge Pep Guardiola to the other side of Manchester, there's no solution that'll keep everyone happy.
Sometimes players who spent their careers at the top aren't necessarily cut out for a life at the top in management. At present Giggs' future foray into management could easily go either way - we just don't know. But what is certain is that it's a mistake to automatically assume that he'll be a success.
Look, it's the New Year, it's that time of year to make some wild predictions and spend the next 12 months trying desperately to justify them, before giving up and trying to hide them by the time it gets to November and December. Then you go and do it all again in January. It's basically tradition... In that spirit, here's a nice, clear prediction that's next-to impossible to weasel out of: Chelsea will finish 2016 at the top of the Premier League table.
Jose Mourinho is the name on everyone's lips at this moment in time after his recent sacking at Chelsea. After United were beaten by Norwich, a few excitable individuals managed to convince themselves that Mourinho would be in charge at Old Trafford by the time Chelsea visit on 28 December.
How can it be possible that, having overseen the worst opening third of a Premier League season of any defending champion, Mourinho, the man so blatantly at fault for much of the those failings, can be so absolved of any blame whatsoever?
José Mourinho has been dismissed as Chelsea manager a mere seven months after lifting the Premiership trophy with his triumphant team at Stamford Bridge. And it's a good thing. A very good thing indeed.