Louis van Gaal was sacked on Monday night despite leading Manchester United to an FA Cup by beating Crystal Palace 2-1 at Wembley.
Jose Mourinho, his apprentice at Barcelona, has today been announced as the new manager at Old Trafford. The former Chelsea man has never been shy about voicing his admiration for Manchester United and in particular, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Despite the appointment of 'The Special One', there is a considerable divide among the United faithful on whether Mourinho is the right fit for the job.
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Mourinho is a manager who has a penchant for winning trophies, by hook or by crook. This sounds great to the fans, who desperately want to get back to the top of the footballing pile. However, they should be careful what they are wishing for.
Van Gaal was sacked largely due to his side’s inability to play aesthetic football. Mourinho’s sides are not known for that either. Yes, his side may steamroll half the teams in the league, but he may resort to the tactics of sitting quite deep, relinquishing possession and waiting for the right moment to pounce upon against the top sides which won't sit well with the fans if results don’t go their way.
One thing the fans liked about the Van Gaal reign was the use of youth players. The promotion of the likes of Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, and Jesse Lingard really excited the fans.
Mourinho doesn’t necessarily like using his fringe or youth players, instead, relying on a set number of players, which doesn’t sound good news to a number of players who got opportunities under the Dutchman.
There is this case with Juan Mata as well. The Portuguese coach earlier managed the Spaniard at Chelsea but was not impressed with his overall output, which ultimately lead to him selling the midfielder to United. This to would infuriate the fans as they have a great affinity for him.
Ryan Giggs, on the other hand, has been at Manchester for much of Sir Alex’s reign. He knows what the club is about. He knows the ethos of the club. He can bring back the old brand of football at United which many around the world admired.
There was a real feel-good factor around the club when he took over as interim manager at the end of the 2013-14 season
Former Manchester United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen recently admitted in an interview that despite his lack of managerial experience, Giggs' knowledge of the club should see him be considered for the job.
Meulensteen said: “People say that Ryan has no managerial experience but one thing they forget is that he might not be the finished article but he has more experience of Manchester United than many of the coaches that could come in.
“That is a big plus for him. He knows the identity of the club and has been part of success at the club for a long, long time. He would know what it takes to get United back to where they belong.”
He could well have been United’s own Pep Guardiola.
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