Dwight Yorke insists Jose Mourinho is NOT the man for Manchester United
Dwight Yorke is the latest high profile Manchester United ambassador to offer his support to the club’s beleaguered manager Louis van Gaal - as he again backed Ryan Giggs to replace the Dutchman at Old Trafford.
Yorke has previously thrown his support behind his former team-mate and current United assistant boss Giggs to take over as manager and his latest comments suggest there is a eagerness from some senior voices at the club to promote the Welshman’s claims to the hot-seat.
After former manager Alex Ferguson backed Van Gaal in an interview last week, United’s 1999 Treble winning striker Yorke offered his views to Omnisport.
“I think we have a very experienced manager in our current position,” he stated.
“We know he has one more year on his contract. We have to wait and see where that is going to go.
“If the manager were to leave the football club at the end of his contract, then my appointment would be Ryan Giggs, for sure. He is somebody who is really knowledgeable about the football club and would gain the respect.
“He’s also had three years as an assistant now. I feel the time is right, as soon as Van Gaal’s contract finishes.
“At the moment, the team is not where we want to be but at the same time, we are in a relatively decent position to try and make something of the end of the season.”
Jose Mourinho has been strongly linked with a move to replace Van Gaal, but Yorke suspects Giggs would be better placed to preserve the traditions of United by promoting progression of players through the club’s youth team ranks.
“I think when you look back at the Class of ‘92, we have always brought through younger players that have come through the ranks,” he added.
“It’s great to see the young players being given the opportunity to showcase their talent. We expect more of that because it’s in the Manchester United DNA.
“But I think they need to bring in a couple of top players. I feel there is a combination of that and the expectation too of the players that are brought to the club and have taken a bit of time to adjust to the club.
“That’s something you need to look at when you’re bringing in the players. They need to adjust quickly because it’s all about success at the football club.
“I understand people are coming from foreign countries and need to adjust but when Manchester United have gone three years without winning any trophies, there will always be question marks and finger pointing.”