Slowly but surely Manchester United are becoming what their fans used to tease their rivals with, from being a buying club(Manchester City or Chelsea) to not winning the title since a long time(Liverpool and Arsenal). It has been 6 years since Manchester United last lifted the English Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson. Since then the club has been on a transitional stage that Manchester United fans can’t see their club coming out off.
On 19th May, 2013 Sir Alex signed off his Manchester United career with a 5-5 draw against West Brom in The Hawthorns Stadium. Although, Manchester United drew their final game, the last 90 minutes of Alex Ferguson as their manager completely summed up Scotsman’s reign at Old Trafford. ‘Thrilling, exciting, attacking and at the end lifting the trophy’.
Since then, Manchester United have been on a downfall. Whether appointing back to back defensive minded managers like David Moyes, Jose Mourinho or Louis Van Gaal or not adopting modern approach of having a director of football, just one thing can’t be blamed for the downfall of a club like Manchester United.
Although, it feels like Manchester United are under turmoil, they don’t have to see far away, to see what a manager change can do for a club. Appointing Unai Emery as the Arsene Wenger has shown us the impact what a great appointment can do for a club.
With the sacking of Jose Mourinho looking inevitable, Manchester United and Ed Woodward will be hoping to get in the right appointment that can make The Red Devils, great again. We thereby present 5 managers that can be a perfect fit for Manchester United.
The best and the safest option in my mind, Mauricio Pochettinho is the manager that Manchester United and Ed Woodward should break the bank for the Argentinian manager. Premier League proven, develops youth, attacking and aggressive football, he is the one that ticks all the boxes for Manchester United and the best thing is that he is Premier League proven.
The only doubt surrounding the Tottenham manager is that, why hasn’t he won a single trophy till now in his career?
Ex Monaco boss, Leonardo Jardim is another man that can be hired fairly quickly for the hot seat at Old Trafford.
Jardim is young and his methods are effective, he trusts youth and has an eye for talented players.
He can beat teams 5-0 and on the other hand he can go to rivals home ground and win 1-0.
Does he remind you someone?
Jardim is a safe bet and he can fit the bill at Manchester United. An upcoming manager who wants to prove himself at bigger stages, he is a man for efficiency and results. After his success at Porto and Monaco, he is ready to make the big jump.
Early in his career, Jardim was known for his teams’ defensive discipline and in his time at Monaco he proved how devastating his teams can be on the offence with the right players at his disposal. He can also attract players from Monaco who are the talent hub of Europe at the moment.
To everyone’s surprise, Zinedine Zidane quit Real Madrid at the end of last season, ending his 3 year spell with 3 back to back Champions Leagues and a Laliga title. Although, there are several doubts on Zidane, whether will he able to tackle a squad, which isn’t having the likes of Ronaldo, Modric, Kroos or Ramos at his disposal.
Zidane's Castilla record was underwhelming and similar questions were asked, whether he will be able to make the step up to the most demanding managerial job in club football.
He did exactly that, though, winning the European Cup in his first few months in charge before replicating that success in 2017 and 2018 to become the competition's joint most-successful manager of all time.
Appointing the French manager will surely prompt instant respect from the players and also improve the morale of the squad, which hasn’t been great so far this season.
Common complaints are of Mourinho embarrassing the club, his demeanour suggesting he doesn’t want to be at Old Trafford and his style of football.
It takes a lot for a manager of a small club like Bournemouth to continuously stick to his believes of attacking football. From, fighting relegation in the Championship, to playing attacking and impressive football in the Premier League. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth has always been attacking with a resolute defense at the back, and that’s what Manchester United have been craving for.
Although, signing Eddie Howe would be an interesting choice, it surely comes with a lot risks. Whether, is it too early for the young English manager? Or will he suffer the David Moyes syndrome and he too won’t be able to make the jump from the mid table to the top 6?
Manchester United fans have continuously said that they want a manager similar to Sir Alex Ferguson, a man who will appreciate and respect club traditions and play attractive football.
A man fitting of leaders of the past, who will respect the club.
Then why is no one calling for the best English manager available, the man who is sitting two places above the Red Devils in the league table - Eddie Howe.
About the Author
Ishan Mohan is a journalist, who is very passionate about sports and specially football. He has done his graduation from IP University, Delhi. Ishan is a Sports enthusiast, he played cricket and football in zonal level. Ishan follows all the sports very passionately