Frank Lampard wants Manchester United to appoint Jose Mourinho as their next manager.
The Portuguese has been linked with the managerial position at Old Trafford and Lampard, who played under Mourinho at Chelsea, believes he is the right man to take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City next season.
Rumours have circulated of Louis van Gaal’s impending departure and it’s hard to see the Dutchman staying at United if the club doesn’t finish in the top four and fails to win a trophy this term.
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Chelsea legend Lampard, who spent four full seasons under Mourinho, wants to see him back in England.
He said, as per the Mirror: “If I’m in charge at United and I see Pep Guardiola going to Manchester City, Jose would be top of my list.
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“Jose will get the best out of the players there. He will recruit top players.
“They are not happy with where they are at. It’s a good option for both United and Jose. It’s a good fit.”
United fear Mourinho's record
The same paper revealed on Sunday that Mourinho, 53, is resigned to Ryan Giggs becoming Van Gaal’s successor.
The club are reportedly against the thought of hiring the former Real Madrid boss due to his poor track record of promoting youth players. Manchester United is famed for developing players from its academy - the last time a homegrown player wasn’t included in a match-day squad was October 1937 - but that tradition is at risk if Mourinho arrives.
Also believed to be a concern to United chiefs is Mourinho’s instability. He hasn’t stayed more than three seasons in any of his seven managerial positions and, having already appointed two managers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, the Red Devils have a long-term plan in mind for their next coach.
Lampard and Mourinho are best buds
Lampard’s words continue the running praise the former England midfielder and Mourinho have directed towards each other recently. In late February, the controversial coach called the 37-year-old, “the best player in the Premier League for one decade”, per Straits Times, ahead of the likes of Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.
Now this. Of all the managers United could hire - and a club of their standing and financial backing could attract nearly anyone - Lampard reckons Mourinho is the man to challenge Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Yet he might not be given the chance. A run of four wins in a row - ended by a 1-0 defeat to West Brom on Sunday - saw Van Gaal’s reputation improve as he guided the club to the Europa League last 16 and FA Cup quarter-final.
Of course, that reputation will come crashing down if the Dutchman is unable to win any of those tournaments and United finish outside the top four. They are currently sixth, three points behind fourth-placed City.
Whether Mourinho is standing in the dugout at Old Trafford next season depends on how United fare in the next three months.