Jose Mourinho is not the right man to lead Manchester United, according to former Liverpool and Manchester City player Craig Bellamy.
Bellamy admitted that the Portuguese boss will win Man United trophies and titles, but that his style of play and management could lead to a loss of identity at Old Trafford.
Mourinho won two trophies in his first season in charge of United, the EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League.
But Bellamy says trophies aren’t enough for United fans, and that after a certain period they will begin to expect a certain style of play.
“Manchester United are more than titles,” Bellamy claimed on Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“As a football club they have an identity that’s worth more than a title.
“As a club they have a certain way of playing and as a club they’ve let that go for the time being.
“Going from winning [the league] on a regular basis, to now coming off it has got them in that much of a panic.
“Sir Bobby Charlton said it through the years that Mourinho isn’t a Man United type of manager.
“At the moment, for their desperation to win trophies, to get back to the top, they will bring him in and they will let it go for now, but there will only be a period Manchester United supporters and Manchester United as a football club will allow this to happen for.
“Manchester United is a huge club, with a huge tradition, and you don’t want to be going too far away from that.”
Mourinho came under much criticism for the tactics used in United’s 0–0 draw at Anfield last weekend against Liverpool. Is he Mr. Pragmatist or simply a defensive coach?
Some United fans ridicule those who suggest that Mourinho is a ‘boring’ manager given United have started the season scoring freely and winning games. Most of the away section of United’s support are simply delighted to be winning games again, after a tough few years following their team during the reigns of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal
Others, including recently United great Dwight Yorke, are already suggesting that Mourinho must alter his playing style to succeed with United’s support.
In a way, Bellamy is correct that the United support has sacrificed certain traditions of the club to get behind Mourinho as he looks to guide them back to regular trophies. Yet the idea that all of Mourinho’s football is ‘anti-Manchester United’ is wrong. Mourinho has shown the season that his United side can play in exactly the same ruthless and entertaining style that Sir Alex Ferguson’s great teams did.