‘Pep picked the wrong club in Manchester’
Jose Mourinho is close to becoming Manchester United’s next manager, but club great Eric Cantona believes Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola would have been a better fit.
United chose to bring Louis van Gaal’s turbulent two-year stay at United to an end, with Mourinho set to be appointed in the coming days.
But former United forward Cantona is unsure whether Mourinho is the right man for the job. “I love Jose Mourinho, but in terms of the type of football he plays I don’t think he is Manchester United,” Cantona told the Guardian. “I love his personality, I love the passion he has for the game, his humour. “He is very intelligent, he demands 100 per cent of his players. And of course he wins things. But I don’t think it’s the type of football that the fans of Manchester United will love, even if they win.
“He can win with Manchester United. But do they expect that type of football, even if they win? I don’t think so.”
Instead Cantona believes United should have moved for Guardiola before he accepted the manager’s job at bitter rivals Manchester City.
He added: “Guardiola was the one to take. He is the spiritual son of Johan Cruyff. He is the only one to change Manchester. He is in Manchester, but at the wrong one.”