Man Utd news: Arsene Wenger would be a huge Manchester United hit
Gone are the days where Manchester United and Arsenal were the best this country had to offer. Nowadays, they are merely teams where discontent among the supporters seems to grow by the game.
United’s Champions League defeat to Sevilla will hurt many fans. There is a feeling, in some corners, that Mourinho’s days at the club may now begin to dwindle down. A man with Premier League and Champions League titles on his CV has failed to get the club anywhere neither either trophy during his time in charge. Inevitably, the pitchforks are being sharpened.
The biggest problem for supporters is the style of play. Generations raised on the swashbuckling, sexy football played by Sir Alex Ferguson’s team hate that their team has become: a boring, aimless, but functional outfit.
So it begs the question: Would they accept Wenger? A Wenger who has always prized himself on attacking football but whose Arsenal reputation is on the verge of being torn apart for good.
In the eyes of many Arsenal fans, Wenger is the problem. And, in many ways, they are right.
But put United’s team in his control and they would not be where Arsenal are now: Out of all cup competitions barring the Europa League and down in the dumps in sixth in the league table.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial would flourish, that’s for sure.
The duo have kicked on under Mourinho but remain far from the finished product. Their manager seems unwilling to let them both off the leash at the same time - a decision that arguably has impacted their Premier League campaign.
What has held United back during their two years under Mourinho, and two years under Louis van Gaal before that, is caution. Mourinho will take a draw in the big games and that is why he’s successful but, at United, it is not working as well as it did at Real Madrid, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Porto.
Wenger, however, would no doubt go for the kill every game. Say what you want about Arsenal over the last decade but, for the large part, they have oozed class and style. When in full flow, they are a joy to watch.
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The reason they’re not anymore is because they don’t have the players. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is world class but still settling in. Henrikh Mkhitaryan shines in the Europa League because that’s his level. Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Grant Xhaka are all 6/10 players but that’s about it.
It would not be a stretch to imagine what Wenger could achieve with United’s players. Because, on paper, they probably have the second strongest squad in the top flight.
Paul Pogba would be given license to roam in the middle of the park, like a more creative Patrick Vieira. Romelu Lukaku’s pace and power would be utilised rather than his ability to head the ball. Alexis Sanchez would be allowed to express himself. Rashford and Martial have already been mentioned.
It will never happen. Mourinho deserves a third season at the helm and, if that goes badly, then United would likely go for somebody younger.
But Wenger would have the experience, players and budget to be a huge Old Trafford hit. At Arsenal, he does not have the final two and that, for the most part, is why the Gunners are no longer a Premier League superpower.