While Manchester United will be pleased with how their season has gone so far in comparison to the last few years, there are rumblings of discontent from the stands over the style of play Jose Mourinho has implemented at times this term.
The Portuguese is renowned for his win at all costs mantra, which doesn’t necessarily feed into one set philosophy and is more about taking each game on its own merits. This has on occasion led to United looking a little stale.
However, it could be argued that this perception is slightly overblown given just how loud their noisy neighbours have been this season.
Manchester City have scored 13 more goals than United in the league and conceded just one more at the other end, giving them a healthy lead of eight points at the summit.
Now, one of United’s former greats, Eric Cantona, has given his take on the current situation in the north-west city, stating that he would rather have Pep Guardiola in charge of the red half of Manchester, although he is still a fan of the former Real Madrid boss.
“He is playing in this defensive way, which is not the identity of Manchester United, he told the BBC.
“Both Guardiola and Mourinho are great, but I prefer attacking football, when it’s more creative. It’s the way I tried to play all my career.”
“I cannot understand why United would take a manager who plays in a defensive way. I love Mourinho, but I prefer to watch Barcelona play.
“I prefer the way Guardiola plays, and I would prefer him as manager of Manchester United, it’s more logical. I don’t watch Man City because it’s Man City but I would love to watch the team managed by Guardiola.”
As long as City’s devastating attacking play continues and Mourinho favours keeping things tight when necessary it looks as though this sort of conversation will rumble on.
However, if the former Porto boss keeps his side in contention expect the voices of scepticism to start dissipating.