Mourinho to Manchester United: A Miserable Idea

February 11, 2016

Mourinho to Manchester United: A Miserable Idea

Since the treble winning glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United has struggled to find a manager capable of regaining control of the wayward ship. In Louis Van Gaal’s defence he was handed over a club with deflated moral and inflated expectations. Coming off a franchise high under Ferguson then knocked from grace by David Moyer, Van Gaal stepped in at a difficult time. That being said Manchester United supporters are being pummeled by one disappointing result after the next, excuse after excuse for the sorry performance, and flat out the worst football they’ve been subjected to in decades. It has become increasingly apparent that Manchester United needs to make a change, and if rumors are true that change will be Jose Mourinho.

Reports claim that Mourinho’s transfer to United is a “done deal,” at least that is what he thinks. What do we think? Please, no.

3 Reasons why Jose Mourinho to Manchester United is a miserable idea.

  1. Jose Mourinho is not a long term solution. If MUFC is looking to build a legacy, Mourinho will never fit the bill. Since starting his coaching career in 2000, he has found his way in and out of seven different clubs. Despite his intent to prove critics otherwise, Mourinho has yet to find success at a club for an extended amount of time maxing out his tenure at just three seasons. There are a number of factors contributing to why Mourinho can’t find a more permanent position: he isn’t the easiest to get along with, he is no stranger to controversy and conflict, and he pushes his players to extremes, which normally would be fantastic to see but is unsustainable and causes players to quickly burn out. Unless United is looking for a desperate temporary fix, Mourinho is not the right man.
  2. MUFC’s culture and tradition directly conflict with Mourinho’s coaching style. They didn’t call the Champions “boring, boring Chelsea” for nothing. Yes, kudos for taking home the title, but g’all was it painful to watch at times. Manchester United has built its legacy on a tradition of a fiery offense and an attacking style of play. It is something that United fans have come to expect, Mourinho is not that. There is no disputing the fact that he has and can win titles, but when you separate the game so far from the club’s philosophy and culture you lose more than championships. If the club is winning it will be easier for supporters to ingest, but if Mourinho fails to get the results, supporters will riot.
  3. Youth development will cease. Mourinho is 100% driven by results, and will do whatever it takes to achieve them. Untested, rising talent does not fit into his vision. Mourinho has proven his disregard for developing youth during both stints with Chelsea, where not a single player joined the first team after graduating academy. If put into the MUFC driver’s seat look for Mourinho to spend great sums of money on flashy, superstar caliber players, that have proven track records and curb appeal. Fostering tomorrow’s footballers, a point of pride for Manchester United in the past, will become all but nonexistent. Is taking on a world class manager, and maybe winning match (also maybe not), worth turning away from decades of spirit and culture the club has cultivated?

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