Thierry Henry warns Man United over Jose Mourinho
Thierry Henry explains why Jose Mourinho only lasts a few seasons at clubs amid Manchester United speculation
Thierry Henry has explained why Jose Mourinho has struggled to last beyond a few seasons at his previous clubs amid speculation linking him with the Manchester United job.
The Red Devils are facing an uncertain future this summer as the axed Chelsea manager continues to be linked with Louis van Gaal’s job at Old Trafford.
Mourinho was sacked in December after Chelsea ninth Premier League defeat of the season at Leicester City sealed the Portuguese coach’s fate in his third season at Stamford Bridge.
Former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Henry believes Mourinho can only demand so much from his flair players like Eden Hazard before big names start to get the itch to abandon his thorough instructions.
“Jose Mourinho is really intense. He likes to play a certain way. He will stop players going forward, thinking very pragmatically,” Henry told Sky Sports.
“A lot of players hadn’t won the league before – like Eden Hazard. He had to stay, comeback, defend – that’s what they had to do to win the league. When they won the league, maybe players like Hazard wanted to play. Maybe he wants to be more offensive.
“It isn’t always easy to keep those guys on the right path. So maybe that’s why he can only stay two or three years. It isn’t always easy to keep those guys on tune.”
Mourinho won the Premier League and the League Cup in 2015 before he was sacked in December in his third season in charge of the Blues since returning in June 2013.
Chelsea have already appointed Antonio Conte as their next permanent manager after Guus Hiddink took over the reins on a temporary basis.