The concept of Jose Mourinho becoming Manchester United manager has divided the fanbase but the Sunday World suggests it isn’t only the fans who can’t make their mind up over him.
The suggestion is that Sir Alex Ferguson, David Gill and Sir Bobby Charlton – part of the old guard – are against Mourinho and have been ever since Sir Alex stepped down.
For me, I still remain staunchly against the idea of Mourinho taking over as United boss but the longer Louis van Gaal‘s reign goes on and we slip further into an acceptance of mediocrity, the more appealing Jose becomes. After all, he is a manager who has a trail of trophies behind him (as well as destruction, which is the main argument against bringing him in.)
United are a club in complete limbo at the moment on every level. From our underperforming academy to the fact we need a top-down restructure of management, United are stagnating. Would replacing van Gaal with Mourinho solve those problems? Certainly not, but some will argue it would be a step in the right direction.
I really thought the curtain was closing on van Gaal last week after the Southampton game but he survived and the 3-1 win over Derby was a morale boost for both him and the club itself.
However, the more important match is Stoke on Tuesday night and if that, shudder, ends up being another 1-0 defeat like Southampton, it will surely become impossible to justify keeping van Gaal any longer.