At the back end of the 2011/12 campaign, after Everton derailed our title hopes by pulling off a stunning comeback in a 4-4 draw at Old Trafford, a friend asked me if that was the future Manchester United manager strengthening his claim for the hot seat when Sir Alex walks – and in a word I answered him; no.
To explain the simple thought process behind my short, sweet and agitated response:
David Moyes would be the obvious successor to Sir Alex if he was inheriting a title winning squad.
If Manchester United were to be reigning champions, and have a squad filled with experienced internationals and promising youngsters, then yes, I would be certain that Moyes would leave his post at Everton and come to Old Trafford to carry the mantle.
Not much would need changing; the machine would still drive onwards and upwards, taking the same route, just with a new driver.
However, this question was asked after a 4-4 home draw which fundamentally prevented us from winning the Premier League. Deep down we knew that match had ended our title hopes. There was no way United were going to win at the Etihad as it has been somewhat of a fortress all season, and no way the huge goal difference would be overturned.
My answer at the time as to who would eventually succeed Sir Alex… yes you guessed it; Jose Mourinho.
With United odds on to fall short domestically and having been embarrassed in Europe, changes would obviously need to be made.
It might sound a tad harsh now, but I would not have trusted Moyes to come in and create his own title winning side – had he ever done it before? No…. But Mourinho, I certainly would have trusted him to come in and get it spot on at his first attempt.
The Portuguese coach never stays at one club for too long, but he guarantees silverware.
Portugal, England, Italy and Spain have all witnessed the greatness of Mourinho – so he would have been the perfect man to make a faltering Manchester United, great, once again.
Had Mourinho joined the club, I have absolutely no doubt we would have gone on to dominate for two or three seasons, but then what?
Does the club implode; with players falling out, the dressing room splitting and those who were once happy playing in red, now looking for an exit? Probably.
It has happened everywhere else this charismatic yet troublesome individual has been.
Needless to say, Sir Alex did not step down as a runner up. He stayed on for a year and fought. He added youth and quality to the squad. He won his title back. We won our title back.
The only word Manchester United fans should now be concerned with is continuity.
Shipping out six players will not do the squad, or the club any favours.
As fans, we certainly aren’t short on ideas when it comes to naming the players we would like to see walk through the exit door and who should be brought in. We have all apparently played Football Manager or Fifa 13, so we all know what is best for the club. Honest.
Nani, Anderson, Valencia, Hernandez, Young, the list of players who have probably underperformed or who we could make money on in order to bring in a better player is endless – but this is not why Moyes was brought to the club.
Yes the new manager will have his own ideas; yes the new manager might add one or two additions – but this squad of players, despite all its short falls, is a championship winning squad – and not even an average one at that; an 11 point gap title winning squad.
With Scholes now retired, and a few players on the senior side, of course fresh legs would help maintain healthy competition amongst the players – but a mass overhaul is not the answer.
If the club wanted a revolution, Jose was the answer.
The club opted for evolution, and Moyes is perfect for that job.
Should Moyes try and continue getting the best out of the players we have, or am I mental and do we need half a dozen fresh faces?
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