Former Manchester United forward Michael Owen has blasted Jose Mourinho, claiming that the Red Devils boss does not know how to coach attacking players.
United are on the verge of announcing the signing of Alexis Sanchez, with the Chilean joining the 20-time English champions from Arsenal.
Sanchez had been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, but United have won the race to sign the former Barcelona forward.
Owen, who represented United between 2009 and 2012, does not believe that Sanchez will play his best football at Old Trafford due to Mourinho’s management.
Indeed, the 38-year-old has claimed that Mourinho does not have a good track record when it comes to helping attacking players flourish.
Owen told the Daily Mail:
“I’m not convinced about Jose and the way attacking players under his tutelage struggle.
“I think if you look across the road at Pep Guardiola, some of the player’s he improved and made better – the Sterlings of this world – you actually feel they flourish under him.
“You go through all the attacking talent Jose Mourinho has had over the years, I don’t think too many of them have blossomed into real world class players. If anything, they go the other way.”
Owen scored 17 times in 52 appearances during his time at United, but struggled to be fully accepted by the club’s fans due to his affiliation with Liverpool.
United have won their last three games in the Premier League, and look set to give Sanchez a debut in the FA Cup against Yeovil Town on Friday night.