9th September, 2018
Manchester United made a mistake in hiring Jose Mourinho. They should have hired Pep Guardiola instead. That is the opinion of an ex player of Manchester United. And he is not one obscure ex player but the man himself – Eric Cantona.
This is one player who was phenomenal in his playing days at ManU. One who was ready to kill on the football field for his beloved team. The team will surely continue to win trophies despite their early-season struggles, according to Cantona but he is not in support of the style of play that Mourinho introduced.
The ex-player said:
“It’s not so good but it is early in the season… too early to tell. Manchester United is a great club and will always be great. They will win things, I know they will.
“But the way they play? Not good. The manager has them playing the wrong way for the fans. No fun, no creativity.
“I like Mourinho. He has a good personality but not for United – they should have hired Guardiola as coach. He should be there, but he is doing magic with that other club. The club I cannot name.”
Pep Guardiola, of course, led City on a record-breaking season last term, as they picked up 100 points in the Premier League on their way to winning the title.
ManCity sit fourth after four games this season, with three wins and one draw to their name, and Cantona is simply in love the coaching style of the Catalan.
He went on to add:
“Listen. I joke about Manchester City but they are playing great football. It’s just that I think Guardiola should be at United. He is the spiritual child of Johan Cruyff – he played under Cruyff at Barcelona and learned everything from him. He’s the only person who should be at United.”
The former United striker however does not believe that the ex-Barcelona coach is the only candidate, and has even thrown his own hat into the ring.
“Well, except for me,” adds Cantona.
“I would like to coach. If they called me, I would go; I would enjoy it. They know where I am. Then we would play creative football once again.
“It would be great for the fans, like it was with Alex Ferguson – he allowed players to be creative, treated them as individuals. We all felt special with him. All felt loved. He was always praising. A good man. A good leader.”