MANCHESTER UNITED should sack Jose Mourinho for Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane because of Paul Pogba and the fans’ desire to see more attacking football at Old Trafford.
Manchester United, despite their Premier League victory over Leicester on Friday, seem stuck in a rut. Despite finishing second last term, Mourinho’s position is at its weakest in two years.
All does not look well behind the scenes. The 55-year-old cut a frustrated figure in pre-season, taking aim at his own players and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for his failure to land his transfer targets.
Inevitably, whispers of the sack have started to emerge. Nothing concrete, though. Merely names being linked with a job that, as things stand, already has somebody occupying it.
L’Equipe in France, though, have claimed Zidane is keen to succeed Mourinho by taking charge of Manchester United as early as next year. And, if the Real Madrid legend really does want to occupy the Red Devils dugout, then Woodward and the Glazer family need to act.
Jose Mourinho remains a top manager but the United job may be one too big for even him. He seems a man out of time and, during his two years in charge, has failed to get the best from his players.
One, in particular, stands out. Pogba.
There was a reason United celebrated his sensational return two years ago with such vigour. Not only was a former Red Devil heading back to Old Trafford, but they were also signing one of the best midfielders in world football.
For one reason or another, it hasn’t quite worked out yet. And, while Pogba is guilty of indulging in PR stunts off the pitch, the blame lies firmly at Mourinho’s door.
Last season, he got it wrong. Starting Scott McTominay - a steady, if unspectacular player - in their two Champions League matches against Sevilla was a bold move to begin with. But in Pogba’s place? It was a decision that smacked of arrogance.
Man Utd should sack Jose Mourinho for Zinedine Zidane (Image: GETTY)
Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho has looked increasingly sullen (Image: GETTY)
Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho has failed to get the best from Paul Pogba (Image: GETTY)
That night, Mourinho seemed to put his own ego above the team. Pogba should have started, not McTominay. Yet the United manager seemed hellbent on proving a point, that he was the one in control and not the other way round.
Zidane, though, would relish the chance to work alongside Pogba.
He actually wanted the 25-year-old to sign for Real Madrid. Unfortunately for him, though, club president Florentino Perez refused to pursue him because of his reluctance to negotiate with the player’s agent, Mino Raiola.
Pogba idolised Zidane growing up, like many French footballers, and the likelihood on him producing his World Cup form under his compatriot is higher than under Mourinho.
A second reason United should get rid of Mourinho for Zidane is the style of football. It is just is not good enough.