Stan Collymore on Manchester United
In his weekly column in the Mirror, Stan Collymore has turned his attention to Manchester United.
Are the Red Devils in crisis?
Following last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham, Man United are 10th in the Premier League.
This is Man United’s worse start to the season in 29 years; even David Moyes’s stats were better!
Yet, according to Collymore, Man United are unlikely to sack Mourinho anytime soon.
Why? Because Collymore doubts that Man United are keen on the current managerial alternatives.
Tottenham & Mauricio Pochettino
Collymore makes the case that Man United should try to land Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham at the end of the season:
Regular readers of the column will know Mauricio Pochettino is the man I’d go for.
Tottenham fans don’t like me saying it, but if Spurs don’t make the top four this season — and I think they will, for the record — then the Argentinian might just be ripe for picking.
For the record, Pochettino is under contract at Tottenham until 2023.
Chelsea’s ex: Antonio Conte
If Man United were to sack Mourinho now, could Antonio Conte be an option to be his successor?
Conte is unemployed after being sacked by Chelsea in the summer.
However Conte was highly successful at Stamford Bridge. The Italian won the Premier League in his first year at Chelsea, while the Blues beat Man United in last season’s FA Cup final.
Yet, Collymore doubts whether Conte is the right fit for United:
Conte is another volatile manager, and I suspect United will want a bit of peace and quiet when Mourinho finally exits.
No disrespect to Conte, because he has managed Chelsea, Juventus and Italy, but the legendary former Real Madrid player and manager would be the guy whose signing would make the world go, ‘Wow!’
What about Zinedine Zidane?
In the last few days, rumours have got louder than Zinedine Zidane could replace Mourinho.
Mourinho even addressed the Zidane rumours in his presser before the Valencia game.
Journalist: “The English press said Zidane called you to assure you he didn’t want your position.”
Mourinho: “Ask the guy behind you, he wrote it.”
Neil Custis: “Oh yeah, he has!”
Mourinho: “He put a bug on my phone.”
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) October 1, 2018
For Collymore, Zidane’s appointment could make sense too:
If Woodward is looking to pull the trigger now then Zinedine Zidane is the man for the job.
He’s out of work, he’s available and he’s French, which would no doubt help in getting the best out of his countrymen Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.