Part Three: Do United change approach and opt for Jose or Pep?

Louis Van Gaal has struggled to win over some sections of the Old Trafford faithful and with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola seemingly available in the summer there could be more change at United this summer.

The Dutchman has a contract till 2017, and it looks as though after United that will be his last managerial job – but if the red half of Manchester doesn’t qualify for the Champions League this season, he could be booted out of the door before that.

Andy said: “Right now, I don’t know if I would say stick with Van Gaal next season. I am delighted the club haven’t sacked him and look like giving him until the end of the season at least.”

As we know Mourinho is available after his sacking by Chelsea, and the big news to come out of Germany over the Christmas period was that esteemed coach Guardiola is swapping Bavaria for somewhere in the UK.

In modern football, Mourinho and Guardiola are two of the best coaches football has seen; they both have contrasting styles; but one similarity they do share is that they have managed some huge football institutions; and if United called, both of them could do a job in turning United into a superpower once again.

Do United stick or twist this summer?

I feel LVG could be on borrowed time, particularly if he doesn’t make the Champions League, and with United’s boring style of play continuing fans might like to see a fresh man in charge – whether Mourinho will give you that open, expansive football time will tell.

The Portuguese is certainly not known for that brand of football, but what you cannot deny is that he will win trophies; regardless of the poor season he had in West-London.

Jose had a disastrous season with Chelsea this year; but there is no doubting his ability, he would win trophies at United
Jose had a disastrous season with Chelsea this year; but there is no doubting his ability, he would win trophies at United

Andy said:

“For me Mourinho is a big no-no. As a United fan I don’t want him anywhere near my club. Sure he may win us some trophies for a few seasons before it turns sour but I fear as to what we would be left with once he’s gone.”

But if the United hierarchy go with Guardiola you know you will get expansive and beautifully played football – that is just how the Spaniard likes it.

His transformation at Bayern Munich was a pleasure to see; he has assembled a truly terrific squad with a blend of technical and athletic players which has conquered the Bundesliga and came close to dominating Europe.

The Spaniard has turned Bayern into a force to be reckoned with; he has assembled a truly world-class squad for Carlo Ancelotti to inherit
The Spaniard has turned Bayern into a force to be reckoned with; he has assembled a truly world-class squad for Carlo Ancelotti to inherit

Speaking of Guardiola, Andy said: “As for Guardiola, he has an incredible record and is obviously a very good coach. But I question whether he can build a team and make it successful rather than taking over a team that has had success and just carrying that one.”

If United want a coach who could develop a team and take them to the next level – then Guardiola is your man. But if they want a coach who will deliver success and trophies then Mourinho is a safe option.

United do need a change; I feel under LVG they will just get stuck in the mud – they need fresh impetus, someone who could take their attacking talents to the next level. If they stick with LVG for another year they could potentially miss out on two of the best managers of my generation.


 

I want to say an big thank you to Andy for his help throughout these pieces, you can read Andy’s latest work here:

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