Jose Mourinho has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer to kick-start an era of change and success at Old Trafford. While many fans are excited with the possibility, there is a large section of fans who do not seem to buy this whole idea.
The main reason for that has been cited as Mourinho’s past record of not giving youth enough chance in his teams. Former United players and club ambassadors have labeled him as a mercenary who is always keen on spending heavily instead of trusting the youngsters at his disposal.
These claims have somehow left a lasting impression on many United fans who have joined the anti-Mourinho bandwagon claiming he will ruin the upcoming talents at Carrington. United fans have seen Rashford, Fosu-Mensah and Lingard emergence on the scene and continue the proud tradition of Man United producing talented youngsters.
Yet I hear those same Man United fans cry for the lack of success, trophies and beautiful football under Louis Van Gaal. This is where I cannot help but laugh at those anti-Mourinho gang who cannot decide whether they want youngsters coming through or want trophies at Old Trafford.
If they are thinking Jose Mourinho cannot spot a talent then they should see his track record where he gave 18 debuts at Real Madrid and 13 more at Chelsea. One thing I would like to point here is that Mourinho has never worked with a talented bunch of youngsters like Man United have at the moment.
And that is why, his management style will be different if and when he takes over at Old Trafford. At present, no manager can overlook the obvious capabilities Marcus Rashford and Tim Fosu-Mensah have. They are better than any £20-30million signing who cannot guarantee to be a success in Premier League.
Mourinho is not blind to look beyond them, he will certainly give them a fair share of game time and help them evolve as a top player in coming years. Fans need to come out of their “media-led” mindset which claims Mourinho will rue the legacy Manchester United have built in all these years.
However, to be honest Louis Van Gaal has already sent United almost 5-6 years back with his lament tactics and baffling decision making. He tries to take credit for everything a player does right on the pitch and is never shy of criticizing player out in the public.
However, Mourinho is known to be a player’s manager. He gives his all for the players and never lets them come in the harm’s way. He demands payers to be at the top of their game and above all he is a winner. If United fans are worried about losing their legacy as a team, they should first think of how they are going to win back the Premier League title.
Louis Van Gaal is clearly not the manager who can even take United close to a league title. Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri are all busy in their projects so there is no top manager available to sort out Van Gaal’s mess.
If you are rooting for Ryan Giggs, then you are no more than a sentimental lad who claims to support Manchester United. If you want Giggs as the manager then you probably would like Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and David Beckham to join Giggs in the dugout and recreate the class of 92 magic all over again, don’t you?
Don’t get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for Giggs and his legacy but when it comes to management where is his track record? What has he done to be eligible to manage Manchester United? Is being a legend good enough to lead your team?
Giggs may be the ideal option but not right now. He first needs to prove himself and then return to Manchester United as a worthy candidate to perhaps take over from Jose Mourinho in few years’ time. Right now United needs a ruthless manager who knows how to win games and certainly how to win titles, and only Jose Mourinho is available who fits the bill.
He is pragmatic, he is controversial and hell he is questionable at times, but the man is a winner and he will lead Manchester United back to the glory days and successful times. Fans have a right to suspect a manager’s credentials but at least give Jose a chance to manage your club.
To those who doubt Mourinho’s ability to promote youth at his previous clubs, I say this to them – Have faith in your youngsters, they are so very good that even Jose cannot overlook them. They will indeed be a part of his plans at Manchester United, and will see better days ahead in comparison to last 3 seasons.
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