Schmeichel: Mourinho not an easy choice

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes it won’t be an easy decision to appoint Jose Mourinho as Louis van Gaal’s successor.

Mourinho is widely expected to take over at Old Trafford after it was announced that Van Gaal had been sacked on Monday night.

Although Schmeichel believes Mourinho would do well at the Red Devils, he feels the former Real Madrid manager will have to adjust his style of coaching to meet the expectations of the club’s fans.

“Mourinho is not an easy call to make for the owners and leaders because if he was the right man, he would have been picked before, that was the obvious choice,” the 52-year-old told BBC Radio 5 live.

“He has fallen out with a director of football at a club, a president, a team doctor. He has done things that are not in the way Manchester United wants the football club to run.

“All these issues would have been brought up and I am sure it will have been run by Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton. Without them saying ‘yes’ to him, it would not happen. Therefore, if he comes in he is a good choice.

“He will be prepared and ready to do it but he has to go back to the values of the football club – a very strong team consisting of exciting players which are creating chances and scoring goals. All that has been missing.

“Now they have a guy that is supposed to be the biggest manager in the world, the one that really could save Manchester United. It has been a brave decision but one that is long overdue.”

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