Sam Allardyce is so often the man called upon by Premier League clubs in crisis, and my word, are Manchester United in a crisis.
Britain’s most successful team in history, one of the largest clubs in world football, have slipped to mid-table mediocrity following their worst start to a league campaign for 30 years.
In fact, just two points separate the Red Devils from the relegation zone, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at the club looks increasingly bleak.
But fear not, because Andy the Man United fan has been tapping up a potential successor on talkSPORT.
“If he keeps losing and we are staring at that relegation zone, like Mourinho at Chelsea, then you do go,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast with Allardyce.
“You’ve got the big man beside you, I wouldn’t mind Allardyce!
“If they do get rid of Ole, which they will if it doesn’t improve, then there’s talk of Allegri, Zidane, Pochettino.
“We’ve got more trophies in the Red Café than Pochettino!
“People like Allardyce, he just puts it forward so simple and so straightforward: ‘This is what I’m going to do. If you’re with me, let’s go. If not, see you later.’”
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Allardyce himself reckons the unthinkable could happen at Man United if they continue on this slippery slope.
The former England boss recalls when the Red Devils were relegated to the second tier of English football against all odds in 1974, just six seasons after winning the European Cup.
“They went down with a terrific team on paper,” Allardyce told talkSPORT. “So it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that they could catastrophically fall into more problems if confidence goes and injuries stay like they are.
“Players tend not to get as fit as quick as they would do when things are going well, that’s an absolute fact.
“There’s the disturbance of [Paul] Pogba wanting away and who will pop up next saying, ‘I see this going the wrong way, I want to leave’?
“Manchester United do not have enough goals and you can see it becoming a struggle. Hopefully it’s not a struggle down the bottom end, but they’re certainly heading that way.
“Ole’s got a big job, I know they say it’s a rebuilding time and it is a rebuilding time, but you can’t get rid of your best goalscorer in the squad and not replace him. That’s a huge problem.
“Where are they going to get the top striker that they want?”
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Published at Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:24:10 +0000