Jose Mourinho is expected to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United boss this week, but here are 10 reasons why the Old Trafford outfit might want to reconsider.
#1:. TACTICALLY OUTDATED
Ever since taking over Real Madrid in 2010, Mourinho has not evolved in a strategic sense.
While his favoured 4-2-3-1 system is still popular in the Premier League, none of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus or Atletico Madrid use it. Mourinho’s philosophy of a rigid formation protected by a flat back four and double midfield pivot has become predictable and overly pragmatic.
#2:. ANTI-FOOTBALL, NOT ATTACKING FOOTBALL
One of the principle reasons for sacking Van Gaal is his sterile brand of possession football. It is farcical, then, that in a bid to bring the buzz back to Old Trafford, United have now turned to a coach renowned for a defence-orientated, counterattacking game.
Against top opposition, Mourinho’s teams nearly always set out to destroy rather than create. Hardly ‘the Manchester United way’.