The walls are seemingly closing in on Jose Mourinho. Fast. The self-proclaimed Special One has struggled to get anything close to the best out of his players this term, with the club looking way off the Premier League pace.
Under Mourinho’s tutelage, United aren’t getting better. In fact, I’d argue the players are getting worse. Many believe it’s time for a fresh face in the dugout, while bringing a fresh approach to proceedings.
As time goes on, I’m becoming a bigger believer in Mourinho losing his job, with United moving in a different, more attacking direction. Step forward, Eddie Howe…
The AFC Bournemouth manager has seen his stock rise rather considerably over the last few years. The 41-year-old Englishman has turned The Cherries into a top tier Premier League time; which is remarkable considering where they were when he took charge.
When you consider the tiny budget at his disposal, coupled with the stunning football that his side plays, plus the fact that he’s a homegrown gaffer who’s still learning all the time, it seems like a no-brainer.
First and foremost, the Old Trafford faithful wants to be entertained. Mourinho’s dull, turgid style is taking United in the wrong direction. Just look at how empty the stadium was during the 1-0 victory over Young Boys. The fans have given up hope. Why should they turn up and spent their hard-earned money to watch that crap?
Howe’s team are attack-first, they play on the front foot and try to take the game to their opponents; whoever they come up against. Quite frankly, I think they were unlucky not to earn at least a draw when we played them a month or so ago.
What’s most intriguing to me is that players get better under Howe. You look at Nathan Ake, Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson. They’ve all made great strides under the Englishman. While, on the flipside under Mourinho, the growth of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba has stunted…
Then you move onto the work that is being done in the transfer market. Howe, working on a shoe-string budget, has sealed deals for the excellent Asmir Begovic, the young David Brooks and the aforementioned Ake. Sure, over the last couple of years he’s had more money at his disposal due to the excellent results being put out on the football field, but for the most part, his signings have all worked out. I cannot name one Mourinho signing that has been worthwhile.
For now, it seems like Mourinho’s not going anywhere. I believe he’ll be around until achieving a top-four finish is mathematically impossible. When that time comes, though, Howe should be the first port-of-call. Then the Bournemouth manager has a tough decision to make, and right now, leaving the South Coast isn’t as straightforward as you’d think…