Tuesday 20 February 2018

'Manchester United have nowhere to go. They have to buy a name' - Eamon Dunphy on Mourinho's imminent move

Jose Mourinho (right) and Rui Faria (left) pictured near Mourinho's London home this afternoon
Jose Mourinho (right) and Rui Faria (left) pictured near Mourinho's London home this afternoon
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Outspoken pundit Eamon Dunphy believes that Jose Mourinho's imminent arrival at Manchester United is a result of both parties having no other options.

Manchester United tonight confirmed that Louis van Gaal was sacked.

Mourinho is expected to be announced as the new United manager with in the next 48 hours but Dunphy says if the Premier League side really wanted him, they would have secured his services long before now.

While Dunphy admits that the Portuguese will deliver better results, he cites previous 'deplorable behaviour' and his fall from grace at Chelsea as reasons that his time at old Trafford will end badly.

Speaking on Game On on 2fm this evening, Dunphy said: "There was no signs they were getting better and the players that he (Van Gaal) signed, on the whole, have not produced. Some of them have turned out to be absolute duds like Memphis and Rojo who spring instantly to mind.

"Manchester United fans and some of the players by all accounts didn't like his methods. I never thought the team played, I thought he was full of spoof when he was interviewed and he seemed to know something the rest of us didn't.

"Paul Scholes is one of the great Manchester United players who is highly respected and wouldn't be shooting his mouth off but he has been saying all season this is not a good team, this is not the way Manchester United play and in fact Van Gaal pointed his finger at Paul Scholes last week who, I think, was just doing his job with BT Sports when he made what is basically tough but constructive citicism. So he had to go."

While Dunphy has no doubt that the Dutchman had no future at the club, he believes there is a lack of talent at United and that Mourinho will struggle to make his mark at the club while also questioning Mourinho's behaviour over the years at Chelsea and Real Madrid.

"He has behaved deplorably, not just this season with Chelsea but before with Real Madrid and generally he is no credit to the game at all. What is indisputable is that he does deliver results.

"I don't think he has anywhere else to go and I don't think Manchester United have anywhere to go either. They have to buy a name. Their share price went up in the last couple of hours in New York. They are a corporation don't forget. Things have to look good.

"I think it is intriguing, I think it is a mistake and I think it will end badly. I don't think they have the players to allow him to do what he will want them to do.

"When he went to Chelsea he had John Terry, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech. He doesn't have that quality at Old Trafford. He does not have a strong spine in the team and therefore I think he has it all to do.

"Bobby Charlton voiced his opinion two years ago, he said after he was involved with Tito Vilanova. Mourinho couldn't get a result against him originally when he went to Spain as manager of Real Madrid and he poked him in the eye in a touchline squabble and it was really ugly stuff. Bobby Charlton said that he couldn't see a Man United manager doing that. He is now a Manchester United manager. We will see how he goes."

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