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Will Cristiano Ronaldo return to help Manchester United kids and Louis Van Gaal make Red Devils great again?

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Maybe the media have got it right? Maybe Jose Mourinho WILL be manager at Manchester United next season. Or maybe they’ve got it totally wrong. I hope they have got it wrong. Because recent events have shown the Louis Van Gaal is finally on the right track – giving home grown talent their chance.

In my opinion, it would be criminal to destroy the exciting foundations ‪United have laid for the future.Van Gaal has consistently trusted the young stars served up by the Academy and under 21 boss Warren Joyce.

How many managers have the courage and forsight van Gaal has shown, when he could have packed his squad with more senior players?

The dream for United fans is creating a new dynasty like we did on the back of the ‪‎Class of 92‬ – not a short term boom and bust gamble, with Jose Mourinho.

I do have a soft spot for the self-appointed Special One. He is a great manager. Of that there is no doubt. But I can’t get away from the gut feeling that this club is built on turning home grown talent into the best players in the world.

Personally, I love the way Van Gaal has survived his fight with the media. His philosophy of giving kids a chance has been totally under-estimated.

Louis Van Gaal kids.

I can’t imagine Mourinho ever choosing youth ahead of established stars and big money signings.
The cynics will tell you that Marcus Rashford only got his dream debut and 4 goals in his first 2 matches because of United’s unbelievable injury list. But that is just media propaganda from journalists who’ve consistently made up stories about LVG. Because, their agenda is not what’s good for Manchester United.

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What we’ve seen this past 10 days is exactly why Jose Mourinho is not the right man to lead this great football club.

Playing entertaining football is United’s DNA. But so is bringing through the kids. Just as Sir Alex did with Giggs, Scholes, Beckham, Butt & the Neville brothers when United’s academy discovered the Class of 92.

Just as Sir Matt did with the Busby Babes. Pre-Munich . . . and then to win the European Cup in 1968.

This year Sir Bobby Charlton celebrates the 60th anniversary of his United debut. Meantime, Ryan Giggs this week celebrated the 25th anniversary of his United debut. And 22 years ago Paul Scholes scored his 1st Premier League goal for the Reds in a team of kids who flourished alongside the iconic Eric Cantona.

My bet is that many years from now we’ll be talking about the current crop of kids. Whether that be the likes of Academy youngsters Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. Or young signings like Anthony Martial & Luke Shaw. The point is, Louis van Gaal’s role is to lay the foundations for the next generation of United heroes. And for the next manager, who LVG has already told us will be Ryan Giggs.

I must admit I was worried when United were playing boring football before Christmas. And I was initially disappointed United allowed Guardiola to choose City.

But LVG is living up to his reputation of bringing the best out of the kids. As he’s done ever since he won the European Cup with Ajax back in 1995. Van Gaal’s home grown squad that year remains the youngest ever to be champions of Europe. And they did it playing Total Football, with a team of youngsters – most of whom became superstars.
The team that lined up against Milan in that Final a who’s who of Dutch football.

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Let him complete his 3-year contract and LVG will deliver. His apprentice Ryan Giggs will take United forward to the next level. And the production line will continue to flourish, with old boy Nicky Butt a great addition as the new Academy boss – because Butt understands what makes United great.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. And neither was the Theatre of Dreams. United’s spirit will never die. And neither will the magic that makes Manchester United the most special club on the planet. . . a Special Club that doesn’t need the self-appointed Special one.

Not when we have an eccentric Dutchman who can make United’s current crop of Kids our next generation of heroes.

Personally I’d love to see one inspirational, marque signing added to the current mix of young stars – just as Sir Alex did with Cantona . . . Imagine the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo leading by example, just as Eric did 20 years ago.

Meantime, injured skipper Wayne Rooney is a great role model for the kids. I hope to see Rooney and Van Gaal at Old Trafford for one more season. for VISIONSPORT



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Andre Villas-Boas does not want to be compared to Jose Mourinho

Andre Villas-Boas does not want to be compared to Jose Mourinho


The thing about being appointed manager of Chelsea is this: It’s all about the money. And everyone, it seems, has their price – as we are about to find out with the latest lottery winner being asked to walk the precarious plank to the Bridge, Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas.

The media have dubbed him The Special One Mark 2 because the 33 year-old was part of Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff at Porto, following him to Chelsea and then Inter Milan.  But since then Villas-Boas has made his mark in the hot seat at Porto, winning the  treble of domestic League, Portuguese SuperCup and Europa League in his first season.

He did go on record as saying he wanted to stay at Porto and had no intention of going to Chelsea beacuse he did not want to be compared to his old boss Mourinho, with whom he has plenty in common. Neither man has played the game at a serious level and both have always been dedicated to the art of being a coach. Both are winners and have a habit of making big statements as Villas-Boas did when he originally said he would not be joining Chelsea’s managerial conveyorbelt.

But money talks. Impulsive Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to pay the £13.2 million get out clause written into Villas-Boas’ contract with Porto and then pay him the going rate of at least six million a year to win trophies every season with Chelsea. Note the job description is all about winning trophies. And by the way that must include the Champions League or you’re fired – and only Lord Sugar can match Abramovich in dishing out that famous line.

It was good while it lasted: Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich

It was good while it lasted: Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich

The Russian billionaire has already been through seven managers in the last seven years, if you count the seven day reign of Ray Wilkins after World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked in 2008. The others are Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti.

If he has the bottle to go through with it, the new man in the Chelsea hotseat knows that while money is no object, time is a rare commodity that does not exist in SW6. At the age of 33 Villas-Boas will face a race against the clock and his first big hurdle will be to work out how to tackle the player power of a dressing room where the likes of  John Terry clearly have more power than is healthy for a top club to succeed.

The question is will the appointment of Mourinho’s protégé be the start of a new era, or simply more proof,  four years after his departure, that Abramovich made the biggest mistake of his life when he parted company with the original ‘Special One’?