Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes Jose Mourinho could save the club when he is appointed as manager.
Louis van Gaal was officially sacked on Monday afternoon just two days after winning the FA Cup, ending a two-year spell in charge, and Mourinho is expected to be confirmed as his replacement this week.
Man United passed the opportunity to appoint the Portuguese boss when he was available after Sir Alex Ferguson retired but now he looks set to be taking over at Old Trafford for the new season.
Speaking about Mourinho, Schmeichel believes the club will have one of the best managers in the world to help them return to the top of the Premier League.
“Mourinho is not an easy call to make for the owners and leaders because if he was the right man, he would have been picked before, that was the obvious choice,” Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 live.
“He has fallen out with a director of football at a club, a president, a team doctor. He has done things that are not in the way Manchester United wants the football club to run.
“All these issues would have been brought up and I am sure it will have been run by Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton. Without them saying “yes” to him, it would not happen. Therefore, if he comes in he is a good choice.
“He will be prepared and ready to do it but he has to go back to the values of the football club – a very strong team consisting of exciting players creating chances and scoring goals. All that has been missing.
“Now they have a guy that is supposed to be the biggest manager in the world,” he said.
“The one that really could save Manchester United. It has been a brave decision but one that is long overdue.
“Mourinho knows why he has not been asked in the past, would you not then change yourself and accommodate what the job really is about at this football club?”
Mourinho has won silverware at every club he’s managed and is the right manager to take us forward. Although he was overlooked for David Moyes, it’ll be clear to him what is expected at the club and he’ll be looking to keep the fans on his side. You certainly won’t hear Jose say United aspire to be City.
It wouldn’t have been an easy choice for Woodward to make but he’s a proven winner and will be able to get United back on track by building on the foundations van Gaal has left behind.
Mourinho’s style has always drawn criticism but his first Chelsea side in 2004 finished the league with 72 goals, 14 more than United managed in the season. Nobody managed to score more goals than Porto over his first two full seasons in charge with the Portuguese club, his Inter Milan side were the top scorers in Serie A in each of his two years in Italy and his Real Madrid side managed more than 100 league goals in each of his three seasons at the Bernabeu, but even managed to outscore Barcelona by two goals during his time in charge with 326 goals. That’s a serious amount of goals.
He definitely knows how to grind out wins but to criticise his tactics after some of the football we’ve seen from United under van Gaal would be ridiculous. Mourinho could definitely be the man to help United on our way as Schmeichel suggests and I can’t wait to see him in charge.