Senior Manchester United players have told the board that they feel uncomfortable with the imminent arrival of Jose Mourinho, reports the Daily Mail.
The Portuguese coach has been heavily tipped to join the Red Devils this week with a three-year deal worth £30million reportedly agreed. An announcement on Louis van Gaal's future in expected on Monday afternoon with several outlets claiming he has already been sacked by Ed Woodward.
It will bring an end to months of speculation regarding Mourinho and Manchester United. Ever since he left Chelsea in December, the Special One has been linked with the Old Trafford post to the point that scarves bearing his face were seen around the ground on matchdays.
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However, the feeling from Manchester United fans has been lukewarm and it appears that a number of players feel the same way. Indeed, several influential figures in the dressing room have already expressed their concerns to the decision-makers at the club.
There is a firm feeling that the two-time Champions League winner will not bring about the changes that many of the fans have demanded. Indeed, Mourinho's brand of football is renowned for its defensive and oppressive style, which bears a resemblance to Van Gaal's infamous 'philosophy'.
A number of players became disillusioned under the Dutchman because of his pragmatic approach to the game which saw them finish this Premier League season with the lowest goal tally in their history.
And the feeling is that not much will change under Mourinho. He is unlikely to reintroduce the attractive attacking football that became a staple under Sir Alex Ferguson, instead focussing on a solid defence.
There is, of course, another worry that Mourinho will not be the long-term option that Manchester United originally sought after Ferguson's retired in 2013. He has never stayed in a single job for longer than three seasons and has regularly departed in acrimonious circumstances.
Even if he does return them to the top of the division, there is a firm belief that it will be counter-productive in the long run. The situation is made worse by the fact that Ryan Giggs will almost definitely depart the club for the first time in his adult life.
The Welshman has been assistant to Van Gaal for two seasons and was originally tipped to succeed him in 2017 but the plan has changed. Mourinho will want his own backroom team and Giggs will also feel uneasy serving under him.
A hugely popular figure amongst the players, his departure will be seen as a massive blow in the dressing room and get things off to a bad start.
Essentially, Mourinho is jumping into the viper's nest in what surely represents his greatest challenge to date.
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