Nemanja Vidic: I would love to coach Man United

Nemanja Vidic said in a show at beInSports that Jose Mourinho is guilty for a 3-1 defeat in front of Manchester City in the local derby. The Serbian said United’s team is a Mourinho team, not the band we used to know, referring to the peculiarities of the Portuguese coach style.
Vidic added that when Jose Mourinho arrived in Manchester, everyone knew the team would change their style of play.

“It is the kind of football he played at Inter, at Chelsea more or less, and (Real) Madrid maybe it was more open. At the end of the day, that’s Mourinho’s football.”, Vidic said to beInSports. The Serbian also added that “we have to accept that he is the manager who is going to play this kind of football”.

The Serbian did not hide the fact that in the future he would like to be Manchester United manager. Vidic, now 37, has a glorious past at Man Utd: 300 matches and 21 goals, 5 Premier League titles, 3 League Cup trophies, 5 Community Shield Cups, one Champions League title and one FIFA Club World Cup title.

Since taking over Manchester United, Mourinho (the Special One) has failed to reach an ascending trajectory in the post-Ferguson era. Seen by many as the next long-term manager of the Devils, the Portuguese has completely disappointed. In the current season, United is ranked 8th, 12 points behind Man City (#1) and 7 points away from the Champions League spots.

The club’s management has set “The Special One” a clear goal: qualify for next year’s Champions League. As mentioned above, United has to recover 7 points to reach the last place that qualifies automatically into the group stage. The management already has a substitute: Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham’s manager, whom United’s staff hopes to attract if Mourinho fails to meet his goal.

Upcoming matches: Manchester United vs Crystal Palace (in the EPL) and Manchester United vs Young Boys (in the Champions League).

United and Arsenal looking for better form

mourinho upset manunitedThe second round of the EPL proved to be bad for two of the teams that were favourites at the title. Manchester United failed to get even one point with Brighton, while Arsenal failed in two major tests – at home with Man City and with Chelsea, away.

If for Arsenal there are mitigating circumstances, Man United is in a more difficult situation. Asked by SkySports what he thinks about the atmosphere at United, the former Devils player, Lee Sharpe, summed up: “I expect Mourinho to be sacked by Christmas”.

Lee Sharpe added: “The atmosphere is not a good one. Ever since he came, Mourinho is moaning about the players. In Ferguson’s time, all these things were kept away from the press and solved in the coach’s office or in the locker room. Now it’s different and I do not think that’s good for the team”. For the full interview, click here.

Although it has a very valuable squad, United does not seem to find the rhythm. Even worse, Mourinho is facing next a really tough match against Tottenham. Lately, there have been rumours that Pogba is in open conflict with Mourinho, which was denied by the Portuguese. But Danny Mills says neither Alex Ferguson would tolerate Pogba problems. The Frenchman was sold to Juventus in 2012 by Ferguson and then bought back to Manchester by Mourinho. It seems that the problem is not one of the coach vs the player, but rather of the club vs the player.

Anyway, Manchester United will have to regroup and make an honourable figure against Tottenham. Man United vs Tottenham is live on Skysports and also online.

Arsenal plays against West Ham in a match that should bring the first three points to the Gunners. It remains to be seen if they will be able to cross the saddle of the first two stages when they were defeated by two top teams.
Zero points after matches with Chelsea and Man City mean that Arsenal still has to wait until they can really enter in the title fight. Unai Emery “managed” to lose the first two matches of the season, a situation not seen at Arsenal since 1986.
Even so, nobody is still challenging the position of the Spanish coach, but Emery will have a huge task on his shoulders. Arsenal vs. West Ham will play on August 25th, at 15:00 GMT on Emirates. The Gunners are very much in need of the three points, a victory being essential to keeping a good moral.