Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has said that Jose Mourinho would already be at the Manchester United helm if the club wanted him, despite the club’s poor form recently.
Louis van Gaal’s side suffered yet another home defeat on Saturday; a 0-1 loss to Southampton, in which United mustered just one attempt on goal.
Boos could be heard after just 23 minutes at Old Trafford, with several sections of the United support calling for the Dutchman’s exit.
Reports have claimed this week that Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December, wrote a six-page letter to the United board outlining his suitability for the role, although the Portuguese has moved to rubbish these claims.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Redknapp has said that if change was to happen at Old Trafford, it would have already occured, and that United should play the waiting game:
“If the United board had wanted to appoint Mourinho they would have done it already,” Redknapp said.
“I think they will wait until the summer and go for somebody like Pep Guardiola or Diego Simeone, if they miss out on the top four.
“United will have no problems attracting managers of that calibre because of their reputation but those guys are simply not available at the moment so I fully expect Van Gaal to battle on.
“With every bad result, and there have been quite a few this season, the pressure cranks up a notch and we see all the headlines about Van Gaal facing the sack or resigning from his post.
But I cannot see anything happeningbecause, quite simply, if United wanted to get rid of him they would have done it by now.
“Van Gaal will still think he can achieve things this season, despite all the struggles, and sacking the manager now would be effectively writing the season off.”