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United - Nothing Lasts Forever!

United - Nothing Lasts Forever!

Contribution by 34 YEARS!

Flicking through the Sunday tabloids this weekend, a smiling face greeted me from every one of them and it got me thinking.

With Sir Alex Ferguson enjoying wonderful times, as United manager, in his twilight years, we`re not kidding ourselves that he`ll be able to go on forever. So once again the great debate as to who his replacement will eventually be poses a mind-boggling question.

One thing is for sure; whoever does succeed Sir Alex sure has a mighty pair of boots to fill.

Now normally, in days gone by, there`d be a temptation to appoint from within, perhaps follow the favoured 'Boot-Room` tradition of our enemies from down the road, Liverpool. But football has changed, time stands still for no apprentice gaffer; instant success is the order of the day.

Which brings me, nicely; back to that smiling face that sprung out at me from every Sunday tabloid I picked up yesterday, the face of Jose Mourinho.

According to our sources Mourinho is not long for Inter, his brash behaviour has rubbed up the Italian authorities and media the wrong way and although he is rumoured to have a £5 million buy-out clause in his contract, it`s not enough to tie him to Inter.

Strangely enough, in this wonderful sport of ours, there is even the implication that Jose could buy the clause out himself, just to get away from Inter.

So what about his next destination?

Three clubs fell into the frame yesterday, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester City, all quite appealing for the brash Portuguese gentleman.

That is until you read the small print whereby it`s implied that Jose`s long term goal is to manage Manchester United and he`s fearful of any future appointments jeopardising that possibility.

Which begs me to ask the question, and a question I`d like you to offer your opinion on:-

Would you be happy to see Jose Mourinho eventually succeed Sir Alex sometime in the future or would you prefer someone else, if so who?

Contribution by 34 YEARS!

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Writer:34 YEARS
Date:Monday March 15 2010
Time: 4:24PM


I would have said no 3 years ago. We've always been an attacking 442 team and that really isnt Mourinhos style. However, generally speaking, at the top end of the game, 442 has been made redundant by the 433 - which is exactly mourinhos style. Over the last 3 years our style of football has become less attractive, so overall I dont think there'd be much difference between how we play now and how mourinho would play. In fact, he might even make us better. I'm not convinced he is the man to guide us through the next 20 years as thats not his style, but in terms of having broad enough shoulders to take over from a Legend like Fergie - no one is better qualified than Mourinho. If he took over for 5 years after Fergie, hopefully he'd instill in us all the traits of a typical mourinho team - a team that is tactically disciplined, a team that attacks and defends well at set pieces, a team that is mentally resilient, a team with a ridiculously good home record and most importantly - a team that still competes for silverware. With Fergie leaving him a good crop of players, hopefully we'll manage to end up with a side that has the best traits from both managers. Another, longer term manager could then take over without having the pressure of Fergie hanging over them and with a strong, resilient squad to start with. I could see Mourinho coming in, letting Solskjaer be his assistant and then letting him takeover in the long run. At least that way we wouldnt kiss goodbye to our academy completely - which would be my one worry about Jose- he really isnt youth friendly.
15/03/2010 18:18:00
In a weird sort of way it could be a marriagemade in heaven, especially for the Glaziers! Mouirnho would provide so much media material your wonderful owners could just slink away in the background. Would he last as long as Fergie? I doubt anyone would in this modern era!
15/03/2010 19:00:00
Well, loath as I am to admit Fergie will have to go soon - Jose is THE best man for the job - his tenacity and drive are just what we need after many years managed by a manager just like SAF
By this I mean Fergie has worked wonders for us, taken us places we could only dream of 20 years ago, and turned us into THE team to be ob the planet.
Real Madrid are supposedly the best team in the world on paper, but thats just it, they CANT play as a team together - lots of players want to go there - I laughed at Benzemas snub to us to go there, theyve achieved nothing really for years, and last time they did anything memorable was when Capello was in charge!
Jose for me would need to come in either this year or next..... let Fergie go upstairs into the 'Flight Deck' and become a Director of Football....
15/03/2010 19:32:00
If you cant find it Jose where can you? No other manager is better suited for the pressures of utd.Sad to see,last of a dying breed managers with kahones & tactical astute.The question is will he have the funds? Mourinho & money go to bed together.
15/03/2010 22:10:00
What's Jose Mourinho going to do on your "limited" budget? Given the financial constraints you are under surely you'd be better off trying to poach Arsene off the gooners, at least he nows how to work on a shoestring.
15/03/2010 22:10:00
Your right, after the billions he spent to win the champions league at Mega-Rich porto Mourinho just doesnt have the stomach to manage a poverty stricken club like ours. I'm off to have a whip round to see if we cant raise the money to sew up that hole in poor edwins sock - damn this limited budget of ours!
16/03/2010 03:54:00
I'd love Mourinho, the man is a great character and he plays an extremely consistent brand of football, it may not be the most entertaining to watch but it will definately get the results and with some promising youngsters coming through I don't now if he would actually need to spend that much money on the team. The only other managers I would want are Blanc or Hiddink.
16/03/2010 06:31:00
In terms of matching SAF's presence,there is none better than Mourinho.
Antriksh (abmtd)
16/03/2010 06:47:00
I agree with tuscan, although I would rather not have to deal with the unpleasantness that can be Jose at times and go directly to an in house manager with Solskjaer, he may not have any experience but he will know a lot of the players from the youth team and he definitely has the footballing nous to deal with the expectations! Not to mention he is popular with all things united! If Barca can do so much with Pep, I don't see why Ole should be seen as a handicap.
16/03/2010 07:06:00
I don't know if I want someone we all liked like ole, just in case if it turns sour, that we wouldn't find our selves turning on him I don't like mourinho, yes he is very tactical, could handle pressure well however I think he is too arrogant and I think that would damage the team. I am looking forward to see how Blanc is developing I would give him a try(and yes I know I am contradicting my first comment)
16/03/2010 18:00:00
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