‘Pep picked the wrong club in Manch­ester’

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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.”

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