Manchester United could seriously be considering the position of Louis van Gaal as manager at the moment, after yesterday it was confirmed that the club cannot mathematically finish in the top four. However Glenn Hoddle has urged the club not to bring in Jose Mourinho.
The former Spurs man and England manager reckons they should either stick with Louis van Gaal, or appoint someone who offers more stability long-term – naming Ronald Koeman of Southampton.
“They can’t afford to get it wrong again,” he told Mail on Sunday readers. “That would set them back further. They can appoint Jose Mourinho, but he seems a short-term fix.
“Ryan Giggs might be a man for the long term but needs to cut his teeth somewhere. It would be easier to justify appointing Giggs if the club were winning trophies.
“They missed Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti, while Mauricio Pochettino is staying put. Ronald Koeman would be an excellent choice but if they’re not pursuing him, you can see United sticking with Van Gaal, almost by default.”
Hoddle speaks some sense here, and I understand the logic in going for someone who will provide longevity, but is Ronald Koeman good enough? Don’t get me wrong, the Dutchman is a talented manager, but so are Louis van Gaal and David Moyes, and they’ve both struggled hugely here.
We’re at that point where Edward Woodward simply cannot afford to make another wrong decision, so I fully expect to see a world class coach coming in next, whether that be Jose Mourinho or not.
Bringing in Koeman would be a real hammer blow for Louis van Gaal too, as the pair don’t get on after an incident surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic.