Thierry Henry believes Louis van Gaal's time at Manchester United is up and says the club should look no further than Jose Mourinho when choosing their next manager.
The Dutchman is struggling to quell speculation regarding his future despite a run of decent results. Their recent 1-0 victory against Liverpool temporarily won fans over while a 3-1 win over Derby County on Friday was as a good a result as anyone at Old Trafford could have hoped for.
Regardless of the results, however, the same issue keeps rearing its ugly head: philosophy. From day one, Van Gaal spoke about stamping his own style on the team, but now he has achieved it, the majority of fans want it gone.
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The Red Devils have bored fans into submission this season, scoring just 28 goals in 23 Premier League games. It goes against everything Sir Alex Ferguson – and, by proxy, Manchester United – stood for.
As a result, Henry believes Van Gaal has to leave, especially as they have the chance to replace him with former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager, Mourinho.
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Crying out for Mourinho
He wrote in The Sun on Sunday: "When Alex Ferguson retired from management three years ago, not a single Manchester United fan would have thought Jose Mourinho could be the new boss.
"The club are crying out for success and Mourinho guarantees that, in spite of everything that happened at Chelsea this season. He is still an amazing coach and United have got to do something because it is simply not working for Louis van Gaal.
"If Manchester City get Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone or Jorge Sampaoli go to Chelsea, which is possible this summer, United have to react. They can’t just carry on as they are."
Going the extra mile
As previously mentioned, results are far from disastrous at Old Trafford. They remain in the hunt for a top-four place in the Premier League and have every chance of winning the FA Cup and the Europa League.
But while Henry believes the players are still fighting for Van Gaal, he is not convinced that they will go the extra mile for him.
He continued: "They are not playing to get Van Gaal the sack — as shown with Friday’s FA Cup win over Derby — but when you don’t have a good relationship with the boss, you don’t go that extra mile for him.
"No one can question Van Gaal’s pedigree as a coach. But he has failed to get his message across at United and the players don’t know what is expected of them. He doesn’t appear to know his best team or even his best formation.
"Van Gaal’s problems stem from his determination to maintain rigid control of his players in every area of the pitch. But you can’t do that with your forwards. You have to give your flair players the freedom to run everywhere, to have shots and score goals."
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