Chelsea legend: My Man United warning for Jose Mourinho

Pat Nevin believes Jose Mourinho could struggle to win over some members of Louis van Gaal's squad should he take over at Manchester United

Pat Nevin has warned Jose Mourinho that he could struggle to win over some of Louis van Gaal’s players if the axed Chelsea manager takes over the reins at Old Trafford.

The 52-year-old Portuguese coach is being linked with Van Gaal’s position at Old Trafford after Chelsea sacked the outspoken manager on Thursday following their ninth Premier League defeat of the season last week.

The Red Devils suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by promoted side Norwich City at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon as United extended their winless run to six games in all competitions.

Mourinho, who won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups during two spells at Stamford Bridge, has already expressed his desire to make an immediate return to management following his recent sacking.

However, former Chelsea midfielder Nevin believes Mourinho could struggle to win over some of Van Gaal’s players, particularly those recruited by the Dutchman since he succeeded David Moyes at Old Trafford in 2013.

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“You look at the Man United team, he’d have a problem coming in,” Nevin told Newstalk’s Off The Ball podcast.

“Anyone would have a problem coming in. A number of them are Louis van Gaal’s guys. Some of them might not show up.”

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The Red Devils are in fifth place in the Premier League table and make the trip to Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

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