Pundit questions whether Jose Mourinho is right for Man United

Craig Bellamy questions whether Jose Mourinho is the right manager for Manchester United

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Uefa handout

Craig Bellamy has claimed that Jose Mourinho doesn’t fit the mould of a Manchester United manager.

The Red Devils turned to the former Chelsea FC and Real Madrid coach in May 2016 after Manchester United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table under his predecessor Louis van Gaal.

Mourinho led Manchester United to glory in the Europa League and the League Cup last season, although the 20-time English champions finished in sixth spot in the Premier League table.

Manchester United have made improvements this season and the Red Devils are in second place in the top-flight table but a staggering 16 points adrift of Premier League champions Manchester City.

Mourinho has been criticised for Manchester United’s negative approach to their games against their biggest Premier League rivals since his appointment as manager almost 24 months ago.

Former Liverpool FC star Bellamy has questioned whether Mourinho is the right manager for Manchester United given the club’s tradition of playing an exciting brand of football.

“With United, they’re used to winning trophies,” Bellamy told Sky Sports.

“And of course, he’ll look and say I’ve done it but the league is what it’s about. The Busby way, the songs the fans sing, that’s their identity. Their history is incredible.

“I believe their desperation to get back on top, to the top of the league, is why they went for Mourinho. They said forget about the identity, don’t worry about what’s gone on before, this is what we need right now, just get us there.

“I’m not going to sit here and say Mourinho isn’t a brilliant manager, of course he is, but in my own terms he’s not a Manchester United manager – what I’m used to, what I’ve watched this great club produce, their identity and how they play, how they’ve stuck to it down the years.

“He is the opposite to what their supporters sing, or used to sing. They set the identity, it’s their club.”

Manchester United will take on Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley next month.

The Red Devils lost 2-1 to La Liga giants Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16 to make a premature exit from the competition.

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