Five reasons for and against Manchester United appointing Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United's stuttering season hit a new low on Saturday afternoon as the Red Devils crashed to a 2-1 defeat at home to Norwich. The boos rang around Old Trafford after a game which saw Louis van Gaal's side record just two shots on target.

Norwich fans taunted the United manager by chanting the name of the recently sacked Jose Mourinho.

The result means they are now without a win in their last six games in all competitions and there is a feeling the fans and players are starting to turn against Van Gaal. Reports have since emerged suggesting that the Dutchman could be relieved of his duties should his team lose to Stoke on Boxing Day.


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With Mourinho still in England and refusing to take a sabbatical, the Portuguese has naturally been linked to the manager's role at United - but is he the man to turn their season around?

Here are five reasons for and against replacing Van Gaal with Mourinho.



Simply put, Mourinho is a born winner. The 52-year-old has won trophies wherever he has gone in his career and last year's Premier League title was his 22nd honour in 15 years.

Since leading Porto to the pinnacle of European football in 2004, Mourinho hasn't looked back. The 'Special One' has brought success to every club he's managed, winning trophies in four different countries.


Mourinho has offended his fair share of clubs and managers down the years but United remain relatively untouched. The close relationship between Mourinho and ex-United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been well publicised and the Scotsman seems to be an admirer of the 'Special One'.

Mourinho was heavily linked to the manager's role at United back in 2013 but the club instead appointed David Moyes. Earlier this month, Ferguson offered support to Mourinho, calling him "one of the best coaches of all time"  - anyone who has Ferguson's seal of approval must surely be worth looking at.


Mourinho has a clear advantage over Van Gaal in this department. The 52-year-old knows the league inside out, whereas the Dutchman clearly doesn't.

Indeed, over the last few months many have questioned whether Van Gaal understands the Premier League and moreover whether he understands Manchester United. Mourinho has managed six Premier League seasons, winning the title in half of them. There is no doubting his knowledge of England's top divison and how to navigate through a season.


It was reported back in 2013 that Mourinho "cried" when he was overlooked by United, and whilst that claim will never been proved or disproved, Mourinho does seem to have an admiration for the club.

Reports suggest Mourinho now wants the United job above all others, backed up by his decision to remain in England and reject an offer from Roma. If Mourinho truly wants the role, it is an opportunity he would surely grasp with both hands.


Things have gotten awfully boring at Old Trafford this season, with Van Gaal's defensive, possession-based football leaving many a fan in dismay.

Off the field, things have been little better as fans have grown tired of the Dutchman's excuses and preaching of his 'philosophy'. After the defeat to Norwich, Van Gaal said: "I am - or shall I say was - a successful manager." - a statement which hardly inspires confidence.

Appointing Mourinho could finally spice things up at United. The charismatic Portuguese is pure box office and sure to inject some life into this sleeping giant.



Though Mourinho has been successful wherever he has gone, he has also failed to avoid controversy. His antics are reported to be one of the reasons he was overlooked when Ferguson retired.

It certainly cannot be ignored that Mourinho brings baggage; the argument is that he could severely damage the club's reputation. The infamous incident with Eva Carneiro could make the United board think twice before offering the job to Mourinho.


Mourinho doesn't tend to stick around for long and many have cited that things usually go off the rails during his third season in charge of a club. The theory of his infamous third season syndrome was evident in Chelsea's disastrous season so far.

Moyes was handed a six-year contract which suggests the United board would still favour a long-term option. Mourinho may bring instant success, but what state would he leave the club in upon his seemingly inevitable departure?


For all the criticism of Van Gaal, he has at least been willing to give young blood a chance at United. The club have always looked to give youth a chance, with Ferguson's 'Class of 92' the most obvious example in recent times.

However, this could be a stumbling block for Mourinho, who has a poor track record with young players. This season, it was expected we'd see young players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek promoted to the first team, but this has not happened and Chelsea currently have a ridiculous amount of players out on loan.


For a long while it seemed that Ryan Giggs was the natural heir to the throne at Old Trafford, but with Van Gaal seemingly unlikely to reach the end of his contract, it is far less certain that Giggs will be the next man at the helm.

Appointing Mourinho may well force Giggs to end his long association with United - something which would displease please the fans. Mourinho has taken Rui Faria with him wherever he has gone and it's unclear where Giggs would fit into his coaching team.


During the 2014/15 season, Mourinho became infamous for the so called 'park the bus' tactic. While it's certainly unfair to judge him on that one season, it would be unclear what brand of football Mourinho would bring to United.

The fans are clamouring for attacking football, but there would be no guarantee that Mourinho would deliver that. Instead, it is quite possible he could employ the same defensive style of play seen under Van Gaal. It might be more successful, but would fans be happy with it?

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