Former Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy feels Jose Mourinho is not the right man to manage Manchester United. The Red Devils preserved their unbeaten start to the campaign after they secured a 1-0 triumph over Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Mourinho guided the Red Devils to EFL Cup and Europa League success during his first season in charge, but Bellamy insists that the club are more than just about winning trophies.
The Portuguese tactician used a defensive approach during the 0-0 draw versus Liverpool last weekend, and the former Wales international feels the supporters will expect the side to play in a certain way after a particular period of time.
“Manchester United are more than titles. As a football club they have an identity that’s worth more than a title. As a club they have a certain way of playing and as a club they’ve let that go for the time being,” he said on Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“Going from winning [the league] on a regular basis, to now coming off it has got them in that much of a panic. Sir Bobby Charlton said it through the years that Mourinho isn’t a Man United type of manager.
“At the moment, for their desperation to win trophies, to get back to the top, they will bring him in and they will let it go for now, but there will only be a period Manchester United supporters and Manchester United as a football club will allow this to happen for.”
Mourinho was heavily criticised following the Red Devils’ goalless draw against Liverpool last weekend, but the point could still prove valuable come the end of the campaign.
The Europa League holders have shown their ruthless streak this term with four 4-0 wins in the top-flight, but the 54-year-old still has to overcome his recent lean form against the elite sides.
Mourinho has not tasted victory in the last 10 meetings with the so-called big six, and he will have to change his approach as the season goes along, if United are to make the most of their strong start to the season.