Dwight Yorke stated back in March that his former teammate Ryan Giggs was the only man for the job if Manchester United parted company with Louis van Gaal this summer.
United did end up getting rid of Van Gaal but, rather than promoting Giggs, opted instead to hand the reins to Jose Mourinho.
A couple of months have passed since Yorke’s previous comments and he now accepts that Mourinho is the man United need. However, he believes that only four members of the current United squad are safe under the Portuguese coach.
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“We obviously know about Mata and Jose and that hasn’t changed and there will be a few players under the microscope who aren’t Manchester United players who somehow got in there,” Yorke told 888Sport. “They’ve underperformed and no-one is safe apart from [David] De Gea, [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford and [Wayne] Rooney. Everyone in between will be looking over their shoulders.”
The retired striker added: “Mourinho is a big personality and successful manager so was the right choice. People may say about his boringness and how he approaches the game but that only happened at his second time around at Chelsea.
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“With [Damien] Duff and [Arjen] Robben and [Frank] Lampard behind them they were quick and exciting and scored a lot of goals.”
“He will bring a lot of success and is just who Manchester United needs.”
Giggs could leave United over coming weeks
It’s still unclear whether Giggs will still be at Old Trafford next season.
The Welshman has reportedly received an offer to stay on with Man United but rumours are rife that it would, in effect, be a demotion on his current role.
Mourinho plans to bring in his own coaching staff, including Rui Faria as his assistant and Silvino Louro as the club’s new goalkeeper coach, and there might not be sufficient space on the United bench for the Old Trafford legend.
Giggs, who will discuss his future with Mourinho this week, is thought to be ready to end his 29-year association with the Red Devils.
Smalling and Shaw also safe?
Going back to Yorke’s comments, are there any other members of the United squad safe from being axed, aside from the aforementioned quartet?
Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw both appear to be safe but, apart from that, Yorke’s right when he suggests the rest of the squad should be concerned about their futures.
How many of the current Manchester United squad are safe under Jose Mourinho? Have your say by leaving a comment below.