Manchester United’s move for Jose Mourinho certainly looks close, after Louis van Gaal got the sack on Monday night. However one former United hero clearly isn’t happy with the imminent appointment of the self-proclaimed Special One…
Eric Cantona won it all at Manchester United, and he agrees that the club need that influential figure at Old Trafford to make the club great again – he just didn’t want that man to be Jose Mourinho as he feels he doesn’t fit the United way.
“I love José Mourinho, but in terms of the type of football he plays I don’t think he is Manchester United,” Cantona began. “I love his personality, I love the passion he has for the game, his humour. He is very intelligent, he demands 100% of his players. And of course he wins things.
“But I don’t think it’s the type of football that the fans of Manchester United will love, even if they win. He can win with Manchester United. But do they expect that type of football, even if they win? I don’t think so.”
The former Old Trafford hero then went on to say that he wished Manchester United opted for Pep Guardiola instead.
“Guardiola was the one to take. He is the spiritual son of Johan Cruyff,” he says, praising the late Dutch master for having overseen “two revolutions” – one as a player at Ajax and another as a coach at Barcelona. “I would have loved to have seen Guardiola in Manchester [United]. He is the only one to change Manchester. He is in Manchester, but at the wrong one.”
Its true that Pep Guardiola sides do play more attractive football than Jose Mourinho, but thats where plenty of managers come unstuck in the Premier League. That tiki-taka style of play is all well and good in Spain, but I think Guardiola will struggle with that in England.
At the end of the day, decisions like this are in the hands of the club and the board members, and although we’ll always respect what Eric Cantona has to say, perhaps he should have stayed quiet on this one.
Jose Mourinho is a brilliant appointment by Manchester United, and at this point in time I firmly believe he is the best man for the job.