Liverpool hero John Barnes believes that Jose Mourinho will help to build bridges between Manchester United’s fans and the team if he’s named as Louis van Gaal’s successor.
‘The Special One’ is widely expected to replace the Dutchman, who was sacked yesterday in the wake of the club’s FA Cup win.
Mourinho has been out of work since being dismissed by Chelsea back in December on the back of a disastrous start to their Premier League title defence.
The Portuguese boss, although thought of as one of the finest coaches on the planet, is known as a divisive figure, with his fierce will to win having often alienated players and given him a reputation for being a ‘quick fix’ manager.
However, TitanBet brand ambassador, and former England international, John Barnes, believes that he will have a unifying effect on the Man United crowd and team, much in the same fashion as Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, after a turbulent spell under Van Gaal:
“He’s [Mourinho] a great manager, so Manchester United will improve, not necessarily through the players, but, like Klopp at Liverpool, through the harmony he’ll bring. You need the fans to be behind you 100%, so I think the harmony will be better, which will help Manchester United.” He told FootballFanCast.
“Van Gaal is a good manager, like [Brendan] Rodgers was a good manager at Liverpool, but if the harmony is not right, you can see the effect that has on the team.
“The young players like your Marcus Rashfords and Memphis Depays will have another year’s experience, so they will improve. If Van Gaal had have stayed I would have expected to see an improvement at Man United anyway.
“But Mourinho will obviously take Manchester United back to challenging.”
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