Eric Cantona celebrates his 50th birthday today but the Manchester United legend won’t be wishing for the Jose Mourinho announcement to hurry up when he blows out the candles on his cake.
The Frenchman, unlike many other United fans, isn’t convinced Mourinho is the right man for the vacancy at Old Trafford.
And Cantona, never one afraid to speak his mind, believes the Red Devils should have secured the services of Manchester City’s new manager, Pep Guardiola, instead.
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“I love José Mourinho, but in terms of the type of football he plays I don’t think he is Manchester United,” Cantona revealed in an interview with the Guardian. “I love his personality, I love the passion he has for the game, his humour. He is very intelligent, he demands 100% of his players. And of course he wins things.
“But I don’t think it’s the type of football that the fans of Manchester United will love, even if they win. He can win with Manchester United. But do they expect that type of football, even if they win? I don’t think so.”
Cantona: United should have got Pep
Mourinho will renew his tense rivalry with Guardiola, four years after they went head-to-head while managing Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively, in La Liga.
But Cantona, like Rio Ferdinand, is disappointed United didn’t push harder to land the former Barca and Bayern Munich head coach.
“Guardiola was the one to take,” Cantona continued. “He is the spiritual son of Johan Cruyff.
“I would have loved to have seen Guardiola in Manchester [United]. He is the only one to change Manchester. He is in Manchester, but at the wrong one.”
Cantona: I would manage Man Utd
Cantona has even urged United to give him a call if they decide, at the eleventh hour, not to appoint Mourinho.
“I do many things and I’m very happy. But if they asked me to become the manager of Manchester United, I would,” he added. “Because Guardiola is in Manchester City and they want someone to win things with wonderful football? It’s me.
Ask him if he was serious, Cantona replied: “Yes, I’m serious. I say that just because it’s like when you are in the pub or the club. When you say you don’t care, all the girls want you. Maybe if I say I don’t care about that job, they will ask me. If they asked me, I’d work very hard, of course.”
Sadly for Eric, Mourinho will be announced as the new United manager within the next 48 hours.
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