Former Man Utd coach: “Pep’s principles of football are closer to United’s DNA”

Former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen believes that current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola would be more suited to coaching the Old Trafford club than the current Red Devils gaffer, Jose Mourinho.

Meulensteen spent five seasons working alongside Sir Alex Ferguson at United, and he reckons Guardiola’s style of play is more in line with the attacking football historically associated with his former club.

The 54-year-old also highlighted something that has been blatantly obvious for any regular watchers of Mourinho’s side this seasons, in that many of the players just don’t seem to be on the same wavelength.

“Pep’s vision and principles of football are closer to United’s DNA, at least as it was under Ferguson,” he told Planet Football.

“The problem with United now is that they rarely dominate possession.

“When they do have the ball, they go direct, straight to Lukaku.

“There a lot of pieces which need to be fine tuned because they don’t know how to bring out the best in each other.”

Meulensteen is just the latest in a long line of former United staff and players to voice their dissatisfaction with the clubs pragmatic playing style under Mourinho.

However, it seems unlikely that the Portuguese will change his tactical approach as it has brought him so much success in the past, so it seems this is a debate that will continue to rumble on for as long as the Portuguese remains in charge at Old Trafford.

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