Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes that Manchester United’s decision whether to sack Louis van Gaal is one of the “biggest” ones they have had to make in years.
Van Gaal is under pressure at Man United following a disappointing fifth-placed finish in the Premier League and even securing an FA Cup win on Saturday may not be enough to save his job.
Jose Mourinho, sacked by Chelsea earlier this term, is said to be waiting in the wings to take over at Old Trafford but there have been concerns over the Portuguese’s tendency to neglect young players.
“If you bring in a new manager – Mourinho – if you’re a young player at that club, you’d be fearful of Jose. History says he doesn’t play young players.
“Or do you keep van Gaal and think next year we can go onto the next level and win the league, or start treading water again. It is one of their biggest decisions in many years.”
There is certainly no denying that there are concerns about Mourinho’s character.
On top of his history of ignoring youngsters, his off-field antics have attracted a lot of attention in recent years.
But United have backed themselves into a corner by not letting van Gaal go sooner. Supporters will expect an immediate return to success next season and van Gaal doesn’t look like the man to lead the club back to glory. Mourinho, on the other hand, is a proven, world-class manager who looks like a ‘safe bet’ in terms of potential success.