To a larger extent, the sacking of Louis Van Gaal is a matter of “when”, not “if”. “If” it is not too late already, it will require the miraculous for the Dutch man to remain at the helm of affairs at Old Trafford. Saturday’s defeat at home to Norwich City marks Manchester United’s third consecutive defeat in all competitions and stretches their winless streak to six.
The team was heavily booed during the last game and off the pitch with supporters calling for desperate and proactive change. The usual boring, defensive, possession-based style of play which lacks all creativity and flair has failed to fetch the Van Gaal consistent favourable results, but the gaffer has refused to budge, scratching his head like a schoolboy who has totally run out of ideas.
And now with change seemingly imminent, it is widely reported that Manchester United football club is considering the option of acquiring the services of former Chelsea football club coach, Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese is, barely a week, out of job after getting the boots at Stamford Bridge; and now, the Red devils are looking forward to bringing him in. The Sun reports that Mourinho was chalked as the preferred replacement for Van Gaal, and that preliminary talks have been held between both parties.
Van Gaal has come under severe criticism especially for the boring, defensive, possession-based style of football he imposed on the club. However, appointing Mourinho may prove to be a step in the same direction, little difference. Is firing Van Gaal and hiring Mourinho to replace him not an exchange of like for like? Mourinho is well known for his defensive mindset and parking the bus philosophy.
Should Jose Mourinho go to Manchester Unit which is looking likely, Chelsea will have a strong chance of getting Pep Guardiola which is music to the ears of all Chelsea fans.