Yesterday’s draw with Leicester has gone some way to end Manchester United’s Champions League hopes. This will seemingly condemn Louis Van Gaal to the sack this summer.
Jose Mourinho is the man who is being looked at to replace Van Gaal in the summer, according to numerous world media outlets.
Even though Mourinho will most likely bring an immediate upturn in form for United, as he has done with every club he has managed, I do not feel that the club should choose Mourinho as their new manager.
One of the reasons for this is his style of play. Under the stewardship of Van Gaal, one of the main complaints that have come his away is his failure in adopting the ‘United Way’, which is often defined as high intensity, attacking football.
Mourinho’s ideology of wanting to win at all costs, which means sometimes occupying a defensive style in order to gain victories, could mean that he may not get on with the Manchester United fans as easily as he thinks he will. One perfect example of Mourinho’s negative tactics is the game against Liverpool at the tail end of the 2013/14 season.
The main issue we have seen with Jose Mourinho as a manager has been his stance on using youth players.
Despite Chelsea dominating in the youth competitions in our country in recent years, there have not been any youth players that have managed to break through and cement themselves as regular first team starters under Mourinho.
The closest Chelsea have come to this in recent seasons is through academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Even though he has made numerous first team appearances, he has mainly been a bit part player for the club up until this point and has not nailed down a regular berth.
By contrast, one of the main positives which can be taken from Louis Van Gaal’s reign as manager of Manchester United is his handling of the youth.
During his tenure, he has introduced Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Jesse Lingard into the first team equation on a regular basis, while also giving opportunities to countless other academy products in both domestic and European competitions.
If Mourinho is named as Manchester United’s new manager in the summer, this is likely to come to an end and all of Louis Van Gaal’s positive work will likely be diminished.
Under Mourinho, we will most likely see an overhaul of the squad with more big money signings coming in, while the young players, who have been one of the only bright sparks of United’s season, may be cast aside.
The man who I feel is right for Manchester United is Mauricio Pochettino. He has evidently shown he places an emphasis on using his clubs’ youth products, with this season’s Tottenham team being the youngest in the league.
The Argentine is amongst the best young managers around and he could go on to be the best manager in the world in the coming years. He has done a brilliant job while at Tottenham and Southampton, and he has had a remarkable season with Tottenham, turning them into strong title contenders.
Whatever United decide to do this Summer, it is vital that they do not fall behind their rivals even further. Next season looks like it is going to be the most competitive to date at the top of the league. Tottenham are likely to kick on from this season, Liverpool will be a force under Klopp, Chelsea will be more competitive, Arsenal will be around the top four if they strengthen their squad, and Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola coming in as manager, are always going to be amongst the main title contenders.
Manchester United have shown promise at times this season and if their board manage to get their decision right regarding who is going to manage the club next year while also adding more quality to certain areas, they can also put in a challenge for the Premier League title.