Mourinho must be the answer if Manchester United are going to begin to compete with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the 2016/17 season.
Pep Guardiola’s arrival as Manchester City boss has hardly been a surprise for the footballing world, but it is likely to set off a great domino effect as rivals to the noisiest neighbours in club football look to react to the former Barcelona manager joining the 2014 Premier League champions.
From the heights of winning the league last season, Jose Mourinho fell spectacularly in the first half of this season as Chelsea manager, yet it is impossible to see another potential Manchester United manager who could threaten Pep Guardiola’s impending dynasty at the Etihad. Manchester United simply have no other option other than making Jose Mourinho their manager for the next season and there is a growing feeling that Louis van Gaal knows this as well as anyone, as we see the Dutchman cracking under the increasing pressure.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City could give us some of the greatest footballing duels in living memory. Neither manager hides their rivalry and 2016/17 could be about to give us a re-run of the Barcelona and Real Madrid rivalry of a few years ago. If we do see United opt for Mourinho this summer, the prologue to the rivalry will be off the pitch as we can expect to see both Manchester clubs bank rolled in spectacular fashion.
Mourinho’s appointment would bring Manchester United back to the forefront of people’s minds in European football and drastically increase the Red Devils’ chances of attracting Europe’s biggest names. Manchester United fans are currently bemoaning some pretty tedious performances and, although Mourinho is unlikely to play the most expansive systems, at least the self-proclaimed Special One will guarantee trophies for the Old Trafford faithful. Mourinho, as his incomparable record shows, is a winner, a winner at all costs. The image of the club may come in to question, but Manchester United have been backed into a corner with City’s appointment of Guardiola. Reputation, public relations and attractive football must go out the window if the Glazers want their club to go toe to toe with the tactical genius, financial clout and sheer talent of Manchester City.
Manchester Derbies are tense occasions at the best of times, but the Mourinho and Guardiola contest would take the whole experience to another level. United’s beloved attacking football might not be Mourinho’s priority, yet there is a growing push from the fan base for Mourinho’s performance with Louis van Gaal currently on course to miss out on Champions League qualification.
Ed Woodward continues to stick by van Gaal, despite the disappointing campaign so far, and we can be sure that Mourinho is the number one man on the list for the men in suits at Old Trafford. No other manager has proven their ability to compete with Pep Guardiola and no other manager has the credentials to take the Red Devils back to the pinnacle of European football, both on and off the pitch.