Manchester United have been struggling this season, and it seemed like Mourinho’s tenure as Red Devils coach would end after they were close to suffering a defeat at the hands of Newcastle, but an incredible performance in the second half turned the tide and probably gave Mourinho more time.
Mourinho is not the only one to be blamed for Manchester United’s slump in performance. Yes, it may be true he had – and probably has strained relationships with some players – but he is not the sole one to be blamed. Manchester United had a summer transfer window to forget, Mourinho wanted to sign numerous players to bolster his armoury, but the board’s incompetence led the Red Devils to go to the new season with an almost old squad, minus some new additions they made. United could not do anything to make their defensive unit better.
However, Mourinho’s tenure as Manchester United coach will end – sooner or later – and the victory against Newcastle will only withhold it for a few days, likely. Nevertheless, former Arsenal attacking midfielder Paul Merson has said that Manchester United should consider Arsene Wenger if they sack Jose Mourinho.
It has been widely reported that former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, who quit the role after leading Los Blancos to an unprecedented, third consecutive UEFA Champions League, will likely be the next man should Manchester United decide to part ways with Mourinho.
Merson, who made more than 300 appearances for Arsenal during his playing career, said, “Seriously, that’s not the worst idea in the world. You’ve got to look at what Wenger did. You don’t have to go out and buy £70million to £80m players with some of the gems he’s got over time. It’s not a bad shout. Sometimes you just need a fresh start.”
It remains to be seen how long Manchester United would decide to continue with Mourinho. If the Red Devils’ performance against Newcastle in the second half is anything to go by, where they displayed immense fighting spirit, and if they can deliver such performances in the upcoming games, the Portuguese will likely continue.