Jose Mourinho is not the right man to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United's manager, according to former England international Trevor Sinclair.
With Van Gaal's sacking growing increasingly likely by the day, an announcement from Old Trafford seems imminent whilst Mourinho remains available, following his own dismissal from Chelsea last month.
According to widespread reports Mourinho is intent on assuming the managerial role at Old Trafford; however, speaking in an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, Sinclair was highly doubtful that he is the best man for the job.
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"I don’t think Mourinho’s the right man for the job.
"Van Gaal was Mourinho’s mentor and played a very similar style of football: parking the bus, playing from the back, being very safe, (demanding) work-rate from all the players.
"I don’t think he’s a good fit and I don’t think he’ll get the job."
During his two seasons at Old Trafford, Van Gaal has attracted significant criticism for his possession-based style which has proved increasingly stifling this year - Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Southampton was the 11th consecutive game at Old Trafford where United have failed to score in the first-half.
Throughout Sir Alex Ferguson's phenomenal 27-year reign Old Trafford, United became known for an attacking, all-action style that neither Van Gaal or Mourinho are synonymous with.
Style over success
Instead, Sinclair expressed his view that United legend Ryan Giggs would be appointed in a move that would prioritise "philosophy over trophies".
"Reading between the lines...I just feel Ryan Giggs is going to get given the job and he’s going to get given the job on a permanent basis, to get back to the heritage of Manchester United and play the football that the fans are used to."
United's hierarchy are seemingly uncertain about Mourinho's compatibility for the job, as evidenced by their continued faith in Van Gaal; when it was widely expected he would be sacked following the Boxing Day defeat at Stoke.
Doubts over Mourinho
Though Mourinho's record at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid ranks him as one of the best managers in modern football history, his record of changing club every three years - often leaving a trail of destruction in his wake - and failing to promote youth has always raised serious question marks at Old Trafford.
Mourinho was considered as the man to replace Ferguson in 2013; however, he was eventually overlooked with club legend Sir Bobby Charlton insisting that "Mourinho is a really good coach but that's as far as I would go really".
Sinclair, speaking on behalf of 888poker.com, was confident that Mourinho represented too much of a "risk" and that Giggs' lifelong association with United would see the Welshmen preferred should Van Gaal's imminent arrival be confirmed.
"There is also a risk that Mourinho’s coaching style might not work.
"The way that Chelsea have fallen away and all the stories to come out, that have yet to be told, I feel that there is an element of risk and potential that Mourinho may not get it right and I think that’s another reason why they’re going to opt for Ryan Giggs."
In at the deep end
Giggs was previously trusted as interim manager following David Moyes's sacking in April 2013, with the former winger winning two of his four league games, with a draw and a loss each.
Should chief executive Ed Woodward decide to hand him the head managerial role, Giggs would instantly be expected to deliver entertaining results with United now in real danger of missing out on the Champions League with Tottenham five points ahead in fourth.
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