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Will Mourinho be a good fit at Manchester United?

Photo Courtesy: the independent
Photo Courtesy: the independent

With rumours of Jose Mourinho to Manchester United steadily picking up, the question on everybody’s mind is whether the self-proclaimed “Special One” will be a good fit at Old Trafford or not.

Last season, the very notion of Mourinho becoming the next Manchester United boss would have seemed ludicrous, with the Portuguese drawing ambitious plans of building a dynasty at Stamford Bridge, after winning the Premier League and League Cup.

Louis van Gaal also did well at Old Trafford last season, helping the Red Devils return to the Champions League, following a horrid 2013/14 campaign under David Moyes.

However, the footballing world seems to have completely turned upside down his term, with Mourinho getting the sack at Chelsea and van Gaal reportedly being on the brink of dismissal at Old Trafford.

Bayern Munich also shocked the footballing world by announcing that they would not be renewing Pep Guardiola’s contract, and former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti would be succeeding the Spaniard. (we will, however, leave this discussion for some other time).

Although Manchester United’s EPL performances haven’t been as bad as Chelsea’s this season, van Gaal has come under fire after failing to guide the Red Devils to the knockout phases of the Champions League.

The Dutchman has also been doing poorly in the Premier League of late, with the Red Devils dropping to fifth place in the table, after managing to pick up only two points from their last four EPL fixtures.

Van Gaal’s job at United has come under even more threat, after Mourinho recently indicated that he would be straight away looking for a new job (preferably in England), instead of taking some time off from management.

Although the Portuguese would no doubt bring success to Old Trafford, his philosophy and tactics may not necessarily go hand in hand with the club’s tradition.

Mourinho’s reluctance to give opportunities to younger players in the squad will probably be a big conflicting factor if he takes over at Old Trafford, as United have always heavily relied on their academy graduates in the past.

The Portuguese footballing philosophy may also pose to be a problem at Old Trafford as Mourinho is known for his defensive approach, while United have traditionally always been an attacking side.

Nevertheless, Mourinho, who has won titles in England, Portugal, Italy and Spain, will definitely be able to restore Manchester United’s glory, if he does manage to land the top job at Old Trafford.

Still, it would certainly be weird to see Mourinho appointed as the new Manchester United boss as the Portuguese has always been associated with Chelsea in England.

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