Arsenal legend urges Man United to replace Van Gaal with Mourinho

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has urged Manchester United to replace Louis van Gaal with Jose Mourinho.

Van Gaal has been under intense pressure the past few months following a poor series of results, with the Red Devils only managing to win two out of their last ten league games.

But the Dutchman has also been heavily criticised for his ‘boring’ style of play, resulting in fans chanting the team to attack in most of their fixtures.

United did ease some of the scrutiny surrounding their boss by beating Derby County 3-1 in the FA Cup on Friday, however, Gunners icon Henry insists that Van Gaal should be replaced by Mourinho as soon as possible, despite ‘The Special One’ only recently being sacked by Chelsea.

“The club are crying out for success and Mourinho guarantees that, in spite of everything that happened at Chelsea this season,” he wrote in his column for The Sun.

“He is still an amazing coach and United have got to do something because it is simply not working for Louis van Gaal.

“If Manchester City get Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone or Jorge Sampaoli go to Chelsea, which is possible this summer, United have to react. They can’t just carry on as they are.

“Some fans want Van Gaal out immediately and they are the people who will ultimately decide his fate.

“I know a lot of United fans and all they talk about is how poorly their team are playing. It’s not about results any more.

“Even when they win, the issue is still how awful the football is. They don’t enjoy watching their team any more. They are bored.

“How can it even be possible they have managed just 35 shots on target all season in the Premier League? And 11 consecutive league games without a single first-half goal? It is unbelievable.

“It has reached the point where the manager’s future is up for debate after every game. You can’t have that uncertainty hanging over the club and it looks as though the players have had enough of it.

“They are not playing to get Van Gaal the sack — as shown with Friday’s FA Cup win over Derby — but when you don’t have a good relationship with the boss, you don’t go that extra mile for him.

“No one can question van Gaal’s pedigree as a coach. But he has failed to get his message across at United and the players don’t know what is expected of them.

“It is not too late for Manchester United to reassert their authority. But they need to react immediately to halt their decline.”

Mourinho has a proven track record in English and European football, winning the Premier League title three times with the Blues and two Champions League medals with FC Porto and Inter Milan respectively.