Swapping Mourinho for Zidane would NOT fix ‘clueless’ Man United

first_img 2 2 It is claimed Mourinho is now fearing for his job amid speculation the club have already approached Zidane to replace him in the Old Trafford dugout.But Saha says even the former Real Madrid boss, who claimed three straight Champions League titles in charge at the Bernabeu, would struggle to turn around the form of the current United team – who he says have looked clueless going forward at times this term.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams, the Frenchman said: “You expect a lot from the manager. It’s been really difficult this year, more than the others.“Defensive football has always been Mourinho’s strength, but offensively they don’t seem to have a clue right now. It’s a pity.“A question has definitely been raised. I’m not the one to answer because now I’m only a fan, but of course we all expect more from everybody, the players and the staff.“How long will he stay? It’s up to the results. When you see the team playing this way, any club in the world with this size and this history, you have a lot of pressure and you have to find a solution pretty quickly and I hope they do it.“But with this team, whatever manager is going to come is going to have the same issue.“It’s a lot of work for whoever comes. Mourinho’s future at Old Trafford is shrouded with uncertainty Zinedine Zidane won nine trophies in two-and-a-half years as Real Madrid manager center_img ‘Take away Mourinho and look at the players. Are they good enough to challenge for top 4? No!’Swapping Jose Mourinho for Zinedine Zidane would NOT improve the fortunes of #MUFC, according to Ally McCoist! Agree? 🤔[🎥 w/ https://t.co/gCPtsiLjeK] pic.twitter.com/f1PMn2e5a9— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) October 1, 2018Listen back to Louis Saha on talkSPORT IN FULL above! Sacking Jose Mourinho and bringing in Zinedine Zidane as his replacement would NOT fix the problems at Manchester United, according to former Red Devils striker Louis Saha.The pressure on Mourinho is mounting after United’s poor start to the season continued with a disastrous 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday.The Portuguese has now overseen the club’s worst start to a season in 29 years.United have ten points from seven games, the same as in the 2013/14 season under David Moyes, but currently have a lesser goal different than the team which played under the ill-fated Scot. “Zidane? He would want to pick a big team with big players, at Real Madrid he had a team of Galacticos – but it’s a different set up at Manchester United.“He would have a lot of coaching to do, more than just management.”Ally McCoist agreed with the former United star, and argued that bringing in Zidane would NOT change the fortunes of the Man United team.“You have to look at the players,” the former Scotland striker said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Take away the manager entirely and look at the group of players – are they capable of top four? No!“I don’t think they are as strong defensively as any of the top teams in the league, and that’s their biggest problem.”last_img read more

Out of Lionel Messi’s shadows, ambitious Neymar set for greatness

first_imgNeymar’s big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is finally done. He is the world’s most expensive player valued at 222 million Euros and is going to earn 500,000 pounds a week at the Parc des Princes.He is already a villain in Catalonia and a snake to Barcelona fans around the world. The Brazilian is being touted as a money grabber and someone who lacks ambition because he accepted to spend his ‘prime’ in the League 1 that lacks quality compared to the Premier League or the La Liga.But is ambition not the sole reason behind his record breaking move to Paris?Let’s break it down.The 25-year-old is entering the prime of his career. He has already been a vital cog in Barcelona’s wheel along with Lionel Messi for the past four seasons since his much hyped move from Santos in 2013. After Luis Suarez joined the Blaugrana in 2014, he along with Messi and Neymar formed the famous ‘MSN’ and the rest as they say his history.AP PhotoNeymar had four genuinely good seasons in Spain, scoring 68 goals from 123 appearances. He played four seasons in the famous red and blue of Barcelona and averaged 17 goals a season…it’s no way bad for a winger.RIGHT HAND MAN BUT NEVER THE BOSSBut then, there was a certain Argentine, who was not only outscoring him and outmatching him in every possible quarter, he was winning all the trophies up for grabs along with Cristiano Ronaldo from their arch-rivals Real Madrid. Neymar, no matter what he did, would just not come out of the shadows of Messi. The No. 10 — by far the most fancied number in the world of football belonged to Messi. Even the fans with little or no knowledge of the sport knows that ’10’ means he’s the star. Neymar, who sports the iconic number for his national team had to be content with ’11’ in Spain. He’s a different breed when he is playing for Brazil with the No. 10 on his back and he’s everywhere — left, right and centre. He’s the star for the Selecao and someone of his age and ambition craves for that.advertisementReuters PhotoSo how can one blame him for being less ambitious? For choosing a less fancied league? Well. The decision was a win-win for him and anyone with a decent knowledge of football will say that.PSG is a team that dominates French football. Yes, they were beaten to the league by AS Monaco last season but that’s not going to happen all the time. They are coming back stronger and hungrier this time. With the team they have, they are likely to regain the league again but it is Europe where they struggle and that’s where Neymar comes in.LEADER OF THE PACKWith Marco Veratti, Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani raiding the opponents final third, PSG is a good team with great potential but now with Neymar in there, this team becomes a deadly one with a serious aim of conquering Europe. The Paris side lacked the cutting edge and the ability to deal with pressure and the moment of magic that can help them overcome the final hurdle, that’s exactly what Neymar will help them do.The league is no doubt a downgrade to the Spanish league and that’s what works for Neymar’s ambitions as well. He is expected to score more goals, rake in more assists and have a bigger say in how the team performs. Add to it the titles that they’re going to win and if PSG get the Champions League as well, he becomes a serious contender for the Ballon d’Or, that currently just circulates between Messi and Ronaldo.Reuters PhotoIt is said that once Messi and Ronaldo retire, Neymar, Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann will finally have their chances to win the trophy. But the Brazilian decided that he would not wait for that long and needs to go away from Messi and lead a team to victory to stand a chance to win personal accolades. And this might just be a step in the right direction for the former Santos man.This was a planned move to become the best in the world and wanting to be so is the most ambitious thing one can do.Paris Saint-Germain is very happy to announce the arrival of Neymar Jr ? https://t.co/lKFj4qPDYA #BemvindoNeymarJR ???? pic.twitter.com/rSvlBiKX6D- PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 3, 2017Rendez-vous dans les boutiques du Paris Saint-Germain  #BemvindoNeymarJR ???? pic.twitter.com/EvKVzQWC05advertisement- PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 4, 2017last_img read more