Ex-Manchester United player: Mourniho will stop club becoming like Liverpool
By Amir Mir
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has warned his old club they cannot afford to end up like Liverpool.
The Manchester club have failed to win the Premier League title since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in the 2012-13 season.
United’s big rivals Liverpool have not won a top-flight title since 1990 and Bosnich feels United cannot afford to do the same as the Merseyside club.
But the retired goalkeeper is confident new manager Jose Mourinho will not allow that to happen.
“I think they’re going to have as much chance as anyone of winning the Premier League title this season,” Bosnich told TalkSport. “It will be good for Manchester United fans because since Sir Alex Ferguson left it’s been quite a let-down.
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“They’ve got to get back there quick because we saw what happened with Liverpool after they were dominant for 20 years. The more years you go without success the more it becomes, ‘oh, they used to be a great club.’
“Manchester United can’t afford to let that happen.”
Bosnich made 26 appearances for the 20-time English league champions over two different periods, before making a name for himself at Aston Villa where he made 227 appearances and won the league cup under Villa legend Brian Little.
The Red Devils have assigned former Chelsea manager Jose Mourniho to guide the club to success after winning only the FA Cup in the last three years, a period which has also seen the club being starved of Champions League football.
Ex-Villa man Bosnich feels the Portuguese has what it takes to guide the Old Trafford club to success after they signed high-profile players, including the powerful forward Zlatan Ibrahimović on a free-transfer.
“Jose Mourinho knows what it takes to win a title,” said Bosnich. “He had the disappointment of last season [at Chelsea] when, to be honest, his players let him down. He’ll have a lot to prove.”
“He knew for quite some times he was going to get the [Manchester United] job so he had time to prepare not only himself but with the club as well, that’s why they are hitting their targets.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will want to cement his own place in the club’s history as they look for a 19th league title, but perhaps more realistically aim fo Champions league football after yet another disappointing season last term.
The German took over from Brendan Rodgers who sacked in the early part of the last campaign, which saw Klopp bring in his counter-attacking and high-pressing game into the second-half of the Premier League season which impressed the Anfield supporters.
Klopp has already signed goalkeeper Loris Karius, defenders Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip, forward Sadio Mane, midfielder Marko Grujic and Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum this summer to boost his chances of success.
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