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Mourinho is close to taking over at United.

Manchester United hiring Jose Mourinho is "brave", claims Peter Schmeichel

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It’s been a frenetic few days for all those involved at Manchester United.

Since securing their first piece of silverware in three years on Saturday, the club have sacked manager Louis van Gaal and seen Jose Mourinho emerge as favourite to take over.

And as if that wasn’t enough, rumours seem to be linking the Red Devils with every world-class player in European football.

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It’s relentless.

Peter Schmeichel has now had his say on the drama and labelled the potential hiring of Mourinho with one word and one word only: brave.

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Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, per the Daily Mail, he said: “Mourinho is not an easy call to make for the owners and leaders because if he was the right man, he would have been picked before, that was the obvious choice.

“He has fallen out with the director of football at a club, a president, a team doctor. He has done things that are not in the way Manchester United wants the football club to run.

“He will be prepared and ready to [change his ways] but he has to go back to the values of the football club - a very strong team consisting of exciting players, creating chances and scoring goals. All that has been missing.

“Now they have a guy that is supposed to be the biggest manager in the world, the one that really could save Manchester United. It has been a brave decision but one that is long overdue.”

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Schmeichel believes Mourinho’s imminent arrival would have only been given the seal of approval by United if Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton said so.

“All these issues would have been brought up and I am sure it will have been run by Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton," the Dane added.

“Without them saying ‘yes’ to him, it would not happen. Therefore, if he comes in he is a good choice.”

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And a brave move it most certainly is given Mourinho’s track record of succeeding at first but running into trouble a few years into his reign.

United’s winning pedigree has been absent since Ferguson retired as manager in 2013 and there’s no doubt that Mourinho can help restore the club.

However, the Portuguese is infamous for spending a maximum of three years at every club he manages, suggesting he cannot offer the longevity that United crave.

Mourinho will offer a short-term fix, that much is guaranteed, but it’s worth wondering whether the Red Devils might find themselves in the same situation three years time.

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