Manchester United Football Club is in a rut. After making their worst start to a Premier League season ever, Jose Mourinho third-season syndrome is well and truly alive and kicking.
The Red Devils have struggled from the season’s get-go. It already looks like United’s title hopes are over. We’re in November. That, simply put, is just not good enough.
Although the self-proclaimed Special One isn’t the sole problem, he has to take large portions of the flak. His coaching methods are outdated, the defence-first tactic has never worked against expressive managers like Pep Guardiola. I feel as though he’s somewhat of a dinosaur in this modern-day, progressive game.
With that in mind, we think Mourinho’s days could be numbered. United never sack managers at such an early stage, so don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, but come next campaign, I reckon the Red Devils will have a new man in the dugout. These are our three likely candidates to get the job…
The ‘surefire thing’ – Zinedine Zidane
Zizou has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid over the summer. During a poor spell in September and October, the Frenchman was heavily linked with the job at Old Trafford. However, Mourinho turned things around; for a month or so anyway…
His ideologies aren’t too dissimilar to the man he could replace, hence why personally, I’d stay away from Zidane. We’ve tried Louis van Gaal, David Moyes and now Mourinho, it’s time for a completely fresh approach.
‘The expansive gamble’ – Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino has never won a major trophy in his managerial career. That’s what makes him a gamble. With that said, his style of football is superb to watch, and we’ve seen that he has the ability to topple the Premier League big-boys on any given matchday.
His work with young players is excellent, while every footballer he coaches tends to get better rather than worse. This is the move I’d love to see us make, but I then question whether the Argentine would want to walk away from Spurs. He has done a brilliant job there, and Pochettino would like to see it through.
‘The outside, homegrown punt’ – Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick would be a step into the unknown. With Kieran McKenna sat alongside the former midfielder, it’d be a huge punt. Who knows what style or tactics he’d employ? Who knows whether the players would perform for him? We don’t.
One thing is for certain, it’d lighten the mood around Old Trafford, and at least in the short-term, the fans would have something to shout about. The question is, would Carrick sink or swim? I guess there is only one way to find out.
— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) November 26, 2018
At this point, I just want to watch entertaining football. Cold, winter nights at Old Trafford against Young Boys are made even worse when the club is churning out awful performances. That’s on Mourinho. That has to change, and I believe the man from Portugal has until the season’s end to save his job.