Man United Monday! Wenger ro replace Mourinho, Zidane update and Granqvist ready for move
Here is the Manchester United Headlines from today.
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged Manchester United to replace Jose Mourinho with Gunners legend Arsene Wenger, when they sack the Portuguese boss.
Despite engineering stunning 3-2 victory over Newcastle United at the weekend, there are still many reports in the media which have suggested the special one is living on borrowed time at Old Trafford, with the fans and hierarchy turning on him for his style of play, man management and the fact they are falling further behind the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.
That led to speculation former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was heading for the job at United, with many believing the Frenchman was ready to take over well before the January transfer window, so he could do a few deals and put his own spin on the side.
But Merson believes United could do a lot worse than turn to former Gunners manager Wenger as their potential new boss, telling Sky Sports: ‘Seriously, that’s not the worst idea in the world. You’ve got to look at what Wenger did.
‘You don’t have to go out and buy £70m to £80m players with some of the gems he’s got over time.
‘It’s not a bad shout. Sometimes you just need a fresh start.’
Meanwhile Zinedine Zidane’s agent has dismissed speculation linking his client to a move to England to possibly manage Manchester United.
The Frenchman left Real Madrid at the end of last season after guiding the side to a third Champions League title in a row, with many believing he jumped ship before the Spanish giants sacked him.
But that has not stopped speculation that United are willing to offer him a route to the Premier League, as mounting speculation on the future of Jose Mourinho continues to dominate the headlines at Old Trafford.
United are eighth in the Premier League despite their dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle at the weekend, and there has been questions on his style of play, man management and handing of some of the clubs biggest players.
But should the Portuguese boss leave Old Trafford in the coming months, Zidane is unlikely to be his successor.
“I do not think that he will manage in England,” Alain Migliaccio told Journal du Dimanche.
“It is much less his style. I have discussed it with him, it does not really attract him. He has chosen to have a year out, he will not dive in again before that is over.”
And finally Sweden international centre-back Andreas Granqvist has admitted he is ready to make the move to Manchester United, a contact has been made.
With United boss Jose Mourinho is seeking to improve the back line in the next transfer window, there has bee some shock rumours emerge over the last few days which had claimed the special one was preparing to make a loan move for Grankvist, as he looks to add power to his back-line.
The special one failed to do any meaningful transfer business in the summer and is not impressed with the state of his defensive line, as Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelöf have bot been good enough over the last 12 months.
And that has led to speculation that a move for Granqvist could be made, should Mourinho decide to make a move for the 33-year old.
Granqvist was quoted on the Metro website: ‘There is indeed interest. This time there is a kernel of truth [to the reports].
‘I am honoured that I am linked to such a large club, and if there is a concrete offer in January, then both the club and I will accept that, but that is currently not the case.’
Asked if there had been contact with United, Granqvist responded: ‘For sure. You can call Martin Dahlin, you have his number, and hear what he says.’