Manchester United appointing Jose Mourinho would reinvigorate local derby

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Manchester United simply have to hire Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal should just walk away voluntarily, or if not, someone needs to show that man the door.

The Red Devils should be doing everything in their power to appoint the feisty Portuguese coach as their next manager; after all, they owe it to the fans.

They’ve seen their team go from being the best team in the country and one of the strongest sides in Europe, to a group of overpaid, trophyless, dull and monotonous footballers who quite literally put fans to sleep. It has gotten so bad that a first half goal at home to Stoke was celebrated as if Jesse Lingard’s header had won the Premier League title right there and then.


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Just imagine being a Manchester United supporter over the last three years. Those long wasted cross-country train journeys to and from Old Trafford to watch your team lose regularly, draw in the most tedious fashion imaginable or somehow, somehow scrape together a win.

Imagine being on the same trains as the away fans, facing the embarrassing taunts questioning how on earth you support United when you were born and raised in Reading, or Suffolk or whatever place you came from that has no affiliation to Manchester what so ever.

Forget those hordes of armchair supporters and plastic fans still living for David Beckham’s next hairstyle, United need to hire Mourinho for us. The every fan.

Give Mourinho a three-year contract that will coincide with Pep's tenure at Manchester City. United and City hate each other, the fans hate each other, and guess what? Mourinho and Guardiola… that’s right, they despise each other.

Just let them fight it out over the course of three gloriously spiteful and petty seasons and we can all sit back and enjoy it. The El Classico matches between these two when they managed Barcelona and Real Madrid were quite frankly insane.

Red Cards, fights, goals, more fights, more goals and you could feel the animosity between the two coaches just added something special to the occasion. Here in England, they would both have practically unlimited financial resources to build whatever squad they desired, the Manchester derby would finally be worth watching again.

Derbies used to be such an enthralling event that forced every fan to stop and admire the passion that was on display; nowadays they have become far too calculated and cagey. Pep’s City v Jose’s United would be akin to the Wenger v Ferguson battles of the early 2000’s, Vieira v Keane kicking lumps out of each other for 90 minutes, scintillating football combined with a raw hatred that has long been absent from the Premier League.

Mourinho v Guardiola would recreate this, not intentionally but old animosity wouldn’t simmer for long. These derbies would be explosive, something that will only add to the allure of the Premier League.

Man United were great ambassadors for the English game in their prime, but under David Moyes and Van Gaal there are certain similarities to an aging haggard popstar. The kind of star who at one point, toured the world to adoring crowds and graced the cover of every magazine known to man.

Yet, years later is the subject of disapproving looks from parents on the school run shielding their child’s eyes from the man slouched on a park bench drinking whiskey from the bottle at half eight in the morning.

So come on United, you owe it to us. Show everyone that there’s still some life in you yet. Get Mourinho and let him loose. After all, what’s the worst that can happen?

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