Manchester Evening News’ Samuel Luckhurst was on BBC Five Live on Monday night discussing Jose Mourinho and the factions within Manchester United’s board room.
There have been reports since the Mourinho saga began that Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton and David Gill are against bringing in the Portuguese manager to replace Louis van Gaal.
Now, Luckhurst has gone on the radio to discuss them. Speaking on BBC Five Live, Luckhurst said: “Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson and even David Gill don’t appear to want Jose Mourinho to become the next Manchester United manager,” he told 5 live Sport’s Mark Chapman.
“There’s an awful lot of cheerleading still going on for Ryan Giggs which a lot of Manchester United fans find baffling.”
Luckhurst’s comments come less than 48 hours after former Man United fanzine Red Issue published their own comments on the divisions within United’s boardroom which discussed them in more detail (click here to read them).
The idea that some of United’s old guard want to block Mourinho arriving because of old rivalries of principles seems ever so slightly misguided and not in the club’s best interests at all. It’s all been downhill since Sir Alex retired and that’s come off the back of David Moyes’ appointment which was based on romantic ideologies he could simply replace Fergie straight away – that didn’t work out so well.
People mention United keeping hold of their own identity by not bringing Mourinho in but I think we’ve lost the majority of our identity over the last three years. While Mourinho’s style of play and his brash nature might tickle everyone, his winning mentality is something we’re seriously lacking and won’t regain until a manager like him comes in to re-energise the club from its core.