Last week, it was reported that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s representatives, were in talks for ‘The Special One’ to join Manchester United and become their new manager.
Although, current manager Louis Van Gaal is still under contract until 2017, the interest in Mourinho looks to be a sign that LVG’s tenure as the Red Devils boss is set to come to an end after this season’s conclusion.
After Mourinho’s pitiable and quite frankly embarrassing title defence with Chelsea this season, the question stands, is Mourinho right for United?
At this moment in time, no job offer has been presented to the three-time Premier League Manager of the Year winner by Manchester United, but after the worst kept secret in football was finally revealed when Manchester City announced that Pep Guardiola was to become their manager for next season, United had to respond in some way.
It’s fair to say that Louis Van Gaal’s appointment has been a rather anti-climactic one for United. When the appointment was announced, it was fair to say that Manchester United fans were rather happy. After all, Van Gaal had just guided the Netherlands to a third place finish at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
However, Van Gaal’s ‘philosophy’ has not exactly gone to plan, with the Red Devils crashing out of the group stage of the Champions League this season and the utilisation of a very defensive focussed play-style.
Probably the biggest criticism of Van Gaal is the fact that he spent £250 million and delivered a boring style of play. Many of the United fans have grown tiresome with LVG’s methods and have voiced their opinions for a more attacking style of play. In portions of the crowd at some matches, chants for ‘The Special One’ have been heard.
Mourinho is someone who has had a career defined by many great successes. He is a two-time UEFA Champions League winner and a three-time Premier League winner.
He has the CV, but two things that will be demanded the most by United fans, will be the expectation for Mourinho to provide trophies and also an attacking, glitzy style of play, to return to the Fergusson era. Something Louis Van Gaal and David Moyes failed to do.
If trophies begin to come back to Old Trafford under the leadership of Mourinho, then the red side of Manchester will be more than content.
It is more probable that nobody will ever recreate the success that Sir Alex Fergusson brought to United, but Jose is probably one of the only managers who can make Manchester United great once again.
By Joshua Dainty