Jose Mourinho is expected to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United boss this week, but here are 10 reasons why the Old Trafford outfit might want to reconsider..
1. TACTICALLY OUTDATED | Ever since taking over Real Madrid in 2010, Mourinho has not evolved in a strategic sense. While his favoured 4-2-3-1 system is still popular in the Premier League, none of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus or Atletico Madrid use it. Mourinho’s philosophy of a rigid formation protected by a flat back four and double midfield pivot has become predictable and overly pragmatic.
2. HOMEGROWN HATER | Jose Mourinho’s record of bringing young players through the ranks – or lack of one – is infamous. Would the likes of Jesse Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Marcus Rashford or Timothy Fosu-Mensah have broken into the first team under Mourinho? No chance.
4. NO CLASS, NO DIPLOMACY | Whatever one’s views on Manchester United’s supposed moral high ground, it is easy to understand why club legend Bobby Charlton was against appointing Mourinho as Alex Ferguson’s successor. He’s eye-gouged a fellow coach, played a direct role in the retirement of a referee and, most recently, made a female team doctor’s position completely untenable. Charlton said that while Ferguson respected Mourinho, “he doesn’t like him too much”. Few do.
5. SHORT-TERM BLINKERS | Instant success is everything Mourinho stands for and why he’s being hired, but that’s not what Fergie saw as the Manchester United way. Any talk of the club developing a dynasty will be torpedoed and all that will matter is the next result, the next win, the next trophy.
6. POOR PEP RECORD | One of the biggest challenges for Man Utd next season will be competing with Manchester City and Guardiola. Although he’s had the occasional success, the 2010 Champions League most memorably, his record vs Pep’s Barcelona while at Real Madrid was noticeably inferior.