Manchester United’s reputation as one of the finest clubs in the world is at risk of being torn helplessly into pieces, according to David Beckham.
It’s fair to say the Red Devils’ status has been on a downward trajectory ever since Sir Alex Ferguson departed in 2013 and Beckham, who was a part of the famed Class of ’92, thinks a club of United’s stature must be competing for trophies on a regular basis.
Louis van Gaal has overseen a failed attempt to win the Champions League and Premier League this season and, with Jose Mourinho currently available, many fans are pleading with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to replace Van Gaal with the Portuguese.
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Beckham also admitted he wants to see Mourinho back in the Premier League following his dismissal from Chelsea in December. All signs seem to point to Mourinho’s hiring at Old Trafford.
The former United midfielder was quoted by the Manchester Evening News as telling talkSPORT: “It doesn't matter whether you love them or hate them, they're one of the biggest clubs, if not the biggest club in the world.
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“You have to keep that reputation. The only way you can keep that reputation is by winning trophies.
"It's been a disappointing season so far obviously because of the performances and the way we've played in certain games but any silverware at the end of the year or any good run in any competition is successful.
"It might not be enough for Manchester United. Even when we used to win just the FA Cup or just the Premiership that was never enough for us as a club and as players.
"Unless you win everything at Manchester United as a Manchester United fan and as a player you never think it is going to be enough."
Mourinho is a great character
Beckham is also itching to see the controversial Mourinho back in England.
He added: “He’s still one of the best managers and I hope he comes back to the Premier League as soon as possible because at the end of the day the Premier League is the Premier League for the great players that we bring in, the great teams, the money, the fans and the great characters that we have as managers.
“You want to see managers like that in the game.”
Mourinho v Guardiola
Mourinho is viewed as the ideal man to go head-to-head with new Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and, considering United’s fading reputation, the 53-year-old would certainly make the club appealing once again.
One major concern for the Red Devils is the fact that, under Guardiola, City are an incredibly alluring team for any high-profile targets.
Yet, few players would pass up the opportunity to work under Mourinho in a bid to restore United’s status.