'The club are crying out for success and Mourinho guarantees that'-Thierry Henry implores Man Utd to hire Jose
Published 31/01/2016 | 12:13
Despite Manchester United’s protracted slog under Louis Van Gaal, they have not approached the unemployed Portuguese, which the Arsenal legend believes to be a big mistake.
On Friday evening Manchester United temporarily eased the mounting pressure on their beleaguered Dutch manager with a stuttering 3-1 victory over Derby in the FA Cup.
While they still resembled a shadow of their former selves, the Red Devils could take hope from Wayne Rooney’s goal-scoring man of the match display and the probing pace of Anthony Martial.
However, the fact remains they are still not that fun to watch, and are five points adrift of the increasingly formidable Spurs with Stoke arriving in Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Stoke will conjure unhappy recent memories for the Old Trafford faithful; Van Gaal stormed out of the pre game press conference before the sides met on St Stephen’s at the Britannia as the Potters went on to beat United by 2-0.
Last month proved the worst December in the club’s history and United have racked up a slew of unfavourable records under Van Gaal, most of vindicate the consensus that his brand of football is akin to watching paint dry.
When Chelsea dismissed Mourinho in December, as United continued to fall to new depths of despair, the timing seemed perfect for the ex Real Madrid boss to be bestowed with the job he's coveted for many years.
Yet, like in 2013, when Alex Ferguson retired, the United board did not request his services; Mourinho’s volatile nature being the prominent factor in that particular decision.
Ed Woodward has continued to express his support of Van Gaal which, according to Henry, is a great error.
“The club are crying out for success and Mourinho guarantees that, in spite of everything that happened at Chelsea this season,” the former Barcelona wrote in his column for The Sun.
Henry went on to the claim that the situation will become more acutely regrettable for United were their noisy neighbours City to acquire Pep Guardiola, or one of Europe’s other top coaches.
“He (Mourinho) is still an amazing coach and United have got to do something because it is simply not working for Louis van Gaal.
“If Manchester City get Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone or Jorge Sampaoli go to Chelsea, which is possible this summer, United have to react. They can’t just carry on as they are.
“Some fans want Van Gaal out immediately and they are the people who will ultimately decide his fate.”