Ryan Giggs vs Jose Mourinho – Who should succeed Van Gaal as the next Manchester United manager?


Conditions are not favoring the Red Devils presently, with massive doubts surrounding the club. No one is sure about how long will Louis Van Gaal stay at Old Trafford?

Besides, Jose Mourinho is already standing in the queue to snap up the chance. Manchester United are currently at the 5th position, with serious questions being raised about their title credentials.

They are already knocked out of the Champions league and the League Cup, which used to be kids for the English heavyweights. To challenge for the title, LVG has spent a lump-sum amount of £250 million in last two summer transfer windows.

What has made it worse for United is that, they have hardly got anything out of their summer signings. New arrivals Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo are yet to influence the game!

Wayne Rooney’s lack of form has not helped Van Gaal as well, the fact is, The Red Devils are lacking playmakers. In such a condition the club should come out with a new managerial darling and now we are going to figure out that who can be the paradisiacal beau to uptake this job:

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea started their season with 9 defeats and 4 draws, which is the worst ever start to a season and Blues suffered this crisis under Jose Mourinho, and gradually Roman Abramovich pulled the trigger.

Convincingly, he is now available and United’s board has pleaded him not to jump on any other deal. He might take over Old Trafford at the end of this season as LVG has confirmed that he will walk away after a string of poor results.

Besides, Mourinho has also confirmed that he wants a job in England only. But, the question arises, whether he can rebuild the prestigious image of Sir Alex Ferguson? Can he fill the Van Gaal shaped hole?

A few things he might shuffle at Old Trafford to prove himself:

Tactical Mend ups:

With such a world-class squad, the Dutchman always followed the strategy of being defensive, which rarely worked out for him. Polished players like Mata, Rooney and Young were deprived of their preferred role, which is merciless attack.

Using raw Martial out at front and experienced Rooney as the central threat in midfield was really unanticipated. Mourinho too, plays with a single striker, but his attack pays off something (apart from this season), and undoubtedly, attack will remain the basic part of his game.

It might be the first and foremost change, he might make at Old Trafford.

Players to be shuffled?

Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones will surely form the defensive wall at the back, and Chris Smalling might just be United’s next Nemanja Vidic.

Ander Herrera, who is finding it hard under LVG, could expect a fresh start under Mourinho. Schweinsteiger can be the man with United’s armband next season, and surely the playmaker Mourinho would idea to have in his side.

However, Juan Mata’s future will be in the hands of Mourinho as he had sold the Spaniard back when he was in charge of Chelsea football club?

Wayne Rooney will surely be expecting the seat of striker to be reserved for him. Besides, Anthony Martial might return back to the training ground.


Behavior is the biggest negative asset Mourinho has. King size clubs expect discipline, and Mourinho should control himself before he does his reputation any harm as the discipline matters as much as the game.


Ryan Giggs

He can be the man to succeed LVG in the dugout, and Sir Alex has already given his green signal to this man. Presently, he is sitting beside Van Gaal to gain some precious experience.

If this happens, Old Trafford might date back to the 90’s, when Ryan Giggs was the fan’s favorite as a Red devil. Style of play, tactics, strengths, weaknesses, everything will date back.

Anyway, the negative part is, he might take up a bit of time to recognize his surroundings. However, United have confirmed that they will stick to their original plan and appoint Giggs as the new head.

What might he change at United?

We haven’t seen him managing a game this far barring the four games he took charge at the end of Moyes’ reign. So predictions are hard to be made, however, with a good behavior, this man will surely win the support of each and every one as he is still held up as a role model by current footballers at Old Trafford and beyond. The tactic might also undergo a change.

CHANCES: 4.5/5

In a nutshell, if Mourinho is appointed, United will be having experience in abundance, and if Giggs is appointed, they might not have it. But, they will be having an old-fashioned style of play. So, Giggs should be given the chance to succeed Van Gaal.

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