Unfortunately, going from Louis van Gaal to Jose Mourinho is not the turn for the better and Manchester United will make a mistake by bringing the Portuguese manager to the helm.
Manchester United have seemingly lost the plot.
Having suffered a 2-1 defeat to relegation-struggling Sunderland during the weekend, Red Devils have recorded their seventh reverse this term and their current fifth place in the Premier League standings offers little reason to feel optimistic.
Louis van Gaal has been defiant throughout the season, some might argue delusional with his assessments, opinions and analysis regarding the club’s position in the league and overall performances.
Failing to acknowledge and claim responsibility, Dutch manager has lost the backing of the fans despite his comparisons to Sir Alex Ferguson’s poor beginnings at the club and calls for patience.
Different times bring different measures and expectations, once a day is now second’s worth and Louis van Gaal should know better.
Mourinho the right choice?
Louis van Gaal was backed through thick and thin during his first several months at Manchester United, but the club’s hierarchy have now realised that the experienced Dutch manager will have to face consequences.
With Champions League berth in doubt and in danger, Manchester United are believed to be set to wait it out until the end of the season to part ways with Louis van Gaal unwilling to ruin their own image and Van Gaal’s reputation by sacking him during the campaign.
Jose Mourinho has already been contacted by an intermediary of Manchester United following his dismissal at Chelsea in December.
The Old Trafford club have informed the 53-year-old he is being regarded as the serious candidate and that they are eager to have him free until the end of the season. Several reports have since confirmed that Jose Mourinho has turned down a host of jobs in Italy and China as he is waiting for Manchester United to make their official move.
Bringing Jose Mourinho would have perhaps been a good idea at the times of Sir Alex’s farewell, but the notion of getting the floundering Portuguese at this moment is an utter mistake.
With their stature and reputation built upon the idea of a ‘one-man’s club’, Manchester United need to find the man of the people, one of their own and one who understands the soul of the club.
Mourinho’s managerial history speaks volumes.
The Portuguese coach is a man who need total control and who struggles in situations when things are out of his reach. That is exactly what happened in Real Madrid and it came back to haunt him in Chelsea during his second spell, which ended in disaster.
Former Chelsea boss has so far been unable to walk into a crisis, roll up his sleeves and turn it around and to believe he will be able to do it at United is laughable. During the years of conflict with managers and players, Mourinho has undeniably lost a huge amount of respect in the football community, which could have a detrimental effect to United’s public image as well.
He did try to sweet-talk his way into the Stamford Bridge after the emotionally disappointing departure with Los Blancos, and even offered his long-term services to Blues, but the truth is he is a football nomad.
Challenge is what drives him forward, attachment is his problem.
Having spent two years with Inter Milan and having won the impressive treble during his finals season, Mourinho had the whole world at his feet.
Often referring to Nerazzurri as his home, Mourinho still left them to whither as he headed towards Real Madrid for another short-lived tenure.
Ryan Giggs is not it, unfortunately.
A true legend as a player will need much more to make him a legend as a manager. He would be putting his United’s playing career on the line as the potential patch of poor form and unacceptable results would put all of the world’s weight upon his shoulders, which could possibly have people brand him a United failure, rather than a legend he genuinely is.
Nicky Butt, unlike Ryan Giggs, is on the right track.
Another member of the glorious generation with Manchester United DNA started from the bottom and has made a full circle in his service to the club.
Now head of the Manchester United’s Academy, Butt will get the chance to work his way up the ranks and earn his stripes to possibly sit on the hot seat at Old Trafford.
The only problem is Manchester United need someone now, and I believe that Mourinho is simply not that someone everyone is dreaming about.