Jose Mourinho Building a Wall at Manchester United with Latest Signings

Jose Mourinho teams have always had a reputation for being physical and tough to beat. The reputation may not change anytime soon, as the arrival of Nemanja Matic means that Manchester United have now signed six players above 6 feet in height. The Serbian stands at 6ft 4in and towers most players on the pitch. His presence will certainly act as a formidable presence in the starting line-up.

Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku, and Victor Lindelof are some of the players above 6 feet in height. The addition of such players has meant that United’s average height is now more than 6 feet. Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan now appears rather short at 5ft 11in, while Juan Mata is even smaller at 5ft 7in. Historically, the size of a Premier League team has had an impact on the title success. Jose Mourinho made Chelsea as champions in 2014-15 by having a team with an average height of more than 6 feet. Even Antonio Conte won the title last season with a similar statistic.

Sir Alex Ferguson, though, did not seem to pay too much attention to this element, as his title winning team of 2012-13 had a mean height of 5ft 11in.

Manchester City and Tottenham are the only other teams with a mean height of more than 6 feet this season. While it could still change in the last month of the transfer window, United may hold the top spot this time around. Interestingly, City and United have been the early favourites for the Premier League title.

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