As we head into the exciting and fixture packed festive period all eyes are on Old Trafford club, Manchester United.
Six games without a win leaves Louis van Gaal in a precarious position. Up until now the board have shown remarkable patience with the Dutchman but events at Stamford Bridge threaten the start of a managerial merry-go-round. It’s making fans that usually hate the Red Devils hope they pick up a few wins soon.
Watching United get knocked out of the Champions League and slipping to fifth in the Premier League has been a delight for fans of rival clubs. That decline has suddenly turned into dread. For every joke about playing on Channel 5 for Europa League games (even though it’s actually BT Sport) there will be a reason why replacing van Gaal now could be terrible news.
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The availability of Jose Mourinho has ramped up the pressure on van Gaal. Had he remained at Chelsea, the chances are United would have re-evaluated the situation in the summer, possibly making a strong play for Pep Guardiola. Instead an unexpected alternative has emerged. It’s one that will be hard to ignore.
Jose was in the running for the job when Sir Alex Ferguson retired. It’s believed the board at the time was split, there was some that didn’t think his personality was befitting of the club’s standards. Sir Bobby Charlton has been particularly outspoken regarding the Portuguese manager, conceding he’s a good coach but questioning his behaviour.
The voices that swayed the board last time may have to concede on this occasion. ‘The Chosen One’ David Moyes failed and Louis Van Gaal is heading in the same direction. It looks like the team in red will have to make a deal with the devil. If they have any doubts they should take note of how fans from other clubs are fearing the appointment.
Mourinho may have lost the Chelsea dressing room but it’s the only real blemish on an otherwise dazzling career. He’s a winner. It’s unfathomable that he would fail again, so soon, in a league he has won multiple times.
If there’s anything more dangerous than a cocky Mourinho, it’s a wounded one. He now has a real point to prove, a genuine chip on his shoulder to replace the self-formulated façade. At this moment in time United have lost their bite, an injection of Mourinho will give them some teeth again – not to mention a big mouth.
United have nothing to lose now. Weeks ago the reports coming out of Old Trafford indicated they were happy to discuss a contract extension with Van Gaal. This may have been the first round of calling Pep Guardiola’s bluff or they genuinely believed Champions League progression was on the cards and never expected such a dip in domestic form.
Since then the fans have turned and been vocal in their discontent. Van Gaal would have been able to weather the storm had Mourinho not become available. Now it’s just too tempting for the board to give the ‘Outspoken One’ a chance to reinvigorate his career and United’s season.
If he’s hired over Christmas don’t bet against Jose winning back-to-back Premier League titles.