This is becoming a joke now. Before, it was a rumour that seemed a viable option for one of the top managers in the world. Jose Mourinho was set to become the Manchester United manager, a story first reported on in February. But we are now in May, the season has ended, and he still isn’t at the club! Why’s that? Well, there isn’t one definitive reason as to why the former Chelsea boss isn’t in the Old Trafford dugout, but it needs to be resolved as soon as possible, or United risk ruining next season before it’s even started.
Believe it or not, I’m actually a fan of Louis van Gaal. The man is a great of our game and gave us players like Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and the de Boer twins, yet he is being treated with so much disrespect it’s, well, disrespectful. Sure, his football is tedious and the players that have been brought in for ridiculous amounts of money haven’t exactly lived up to expectations, but how could they? It doesn’t matter how much someone spends on players, you can’t recreate the success that United had under Sir Alex Ferguson. If Ed Woodward think’s splashing the cash is the key to success, he is more of a fool than we took him for.
The worst thing about all this is that it undermines the manager every time a story is printed about Jose Mourinho “imminently” taking over United, yet nothing even comes of it. Even as I write this, Sky Sports started their preview of Manchester United vs Bournemouth by saying that Jose Mourinho “has been told that he can take over if van Gaal isn’t at the club”. How can you prepare for a game when this is the lead story; when your position is being spoken about whilst you’re still in the job!
The sooner this saga ends, the better for all involved. I know that van Gaal may not be the best man for the job, but treat the man with respect. If you are you going to sack him, keep the stories quiet and don’t be held hostage by Jorge Mendes. Mendes is forcing the hand of United by saying that Mourinho is in Paris in talks with PSG. It’s just not right, and it needs to be sorted quickly. United could be missing out on some of their main transfer targets, all because Woodward can’t seal a deal.
They could be left behind their biggest rivals, and the fans will still be on their back. They don’t care about the other teams, they just want to be entertained and to win, and if they miss out on Champions League football again next season that might just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for the fans.