'Boring' Manchester United need Jose Mourinho to put it up to Guardiola - Owen
Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has questioned whether Jose Mourinho is ‘the right fit’ to take over from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
The manager sacked by Chelsea last December is widely expected to replace Van Gaal at the end of this season, but Owen has told Indepdendent.ie that he has doubts over the decorated tacticians suitability to succeed at United.
“The idea of Jose Mourinho coming in as United manager seemed impossible just a few months ago,” BT Sport's Owen told Independent.ie, ahead of the channel’s coverage of United’s appearance in the Europa League later this month.
“He signed a new contract with Chelsea, he was leading them to Premier League title success and appeared to be their man for the long-term. That was before everything changed in the first half of this season.
“Now I can absolutely see him taking over at United. Is he the right fit for the club? Probably not, but they will look at Man City appointing Pep Guardiola and will probably feel that they need a proven winner to come into their club to challenge that. Mourinho is the only manger available who could do that.
“Ryan Giggs has a shout for the job and they are saying Mauricio Pochettino is a contender as well, but in terms of proven winning pedigree, it is hard to look past Mourinho if United want to safe bet to bring them success.
“Pep and Jose in Manchester next season would be fantastic to watch and if Mourinho ends up at United, it would confirm that literally anything can happen in this game now.
Despite his reservations over Mourinho’s arrival at United, Owen is convinced Van Gaal should be replaced as the club’s manager, after admitting the Dutchman has failed in his two seasons at the club.
“I would be very surprised if Van Gaal was still the Manchester United manager at the start of next season and I’m struggling to come up with too many reasons why he should be,” added Owen.
“It’s hard to find positives in what Van Gaal has done in his time at United. I’m all for giving managers time to get their ideas in place, but the ideas we have seen from Van Gaal in the last year do not need to be in place at United.
“They are boring to watch, they have been knocked out of cup competitions by lower league teams and their performances in the Champions League were dreadful.
“That was an easy group they were in and I covered a lot of the matches for BT Sport and they were poor throughout.
“I don’t think the fans want him to stay and it is hard to believe the club want him at this stage. I see a parting of the ways coming at some point in 2016.”