Jose Mourinho to Manchester United seems to be gathering pace with every day that passes. The continued woes of Louis van Gaal are only adding fuel to the tank of this runaway train of a story, and with the slipperiest of banana skins waiting the Dutchman in the shape of a Monday night FA Cup trip to Shrewsbury, reports claim that the ‘Mou’ has a ‘gentleman’s agreement in place to succeed LVG.
The end appears to be in sight with this one then, but would appointing Mourinho be a wise idea on the part of the Manchester giants? After all, despite his success through the years, ‘The Special One’ comes with plenty of baggage, and here are FIVE reasons it may be short-sighted to move for the man Chelsea sacked in December…
Mourinho’s career is one of instant success followed by a rapid decline. This usually takes place within a three-season period – with Chelsea (the first time) and Real Madrid – the longest spells the 53-year-old has enjoyed at any club. Okay, United fans would probably welcome a quick burst of silverware, but within three years the club could be back to square one, or, as has been shown at Stamford Bridge following ‘Mou’s’ latest stint, further back.
Along with the short-term nature that has plagued Mourinho’s career, the Portuguese boss has also demanded vast levels of cash. Porto were the most financially powerful team in the Primeira Liga, Chelsea were flush from Roman Abramovich’s takeover, Inter Milan are one of Italy’s traditional elite sides and Real Madrid a global force. In this time, Mourinho benefitted from being able to spend huge sums of money to work with some of the planet’s very best players.
Although United have plenty of zeros at the end of their bank balance, surely following the £250m Van Gaal spend they’ll be reluctant to go flashing the cash once again?
How long will Ryan Giggs put up with being the bridesmaid? Having worked alongside both David Moyes and Van Gaal – as well as being caretaker manager for a little while – the Welshman must surely be thinking that now is his time, and reports claim that another ‘snub’ from his beloved club may force him elsewhere. Although the former flying winger has little in the way of experience and no track record at the highest level, he is loved by the Old Trafford faithful, who would unite behind him, which could help the club in a tricky period where the identity of the team on and off the pitch is under question.
Yes, Mourinho is a top manager with a good record, but with his faults, there are alternative options worthy of a role at Old Trafford. Antonio Conte’s contract with Italy will expire after EURO 2016, Jorge Sampaoli – who transformed Chile into a true international force – is out of work, Massimiliano Allegri is being linked with a move away from Juventus on a weekly basis and Spurs’ Mauricio Pochettino may be an option if he’s promised funds and a big contract.
With Pep Guardiola due to board a plane to Manchester this summer from Munich the prospect of Mourinho slipping into the dugout at Old Trafford means that their famous La Liga rivalry could be rekindled in the North West of England. The pair managed the powerhouses of Spanish football, Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, during the early 2010s, and their personal battle spilled over on the touchline and in the media frequently. United are sure to want a smooth ride, which Mourinho has shown in the past that he cannot provide.