That won’t go down well with every single United supporters because the obvious benefit of trying to stop a Jose Mourinho return to Chelsea is the guaranteed success that the Portuguese coach provides.
However, that doesn’t really seem to be the factor behind United’s decision as they would prefer to bask in the obvious benefits of having a manager who can stay at the club for a very long time.
The longevity angle is the biggest advantage that Moyes can use in the defence of his appointment. It enables him to do the same sort of work as Ferguson in the respect of running the club and building various teams.
This also seems to be a decision which is based around respect and admiration for the magnitude of the football club.
Mourinho will, and publicly has, stated his respect for the club but Moyes is the sort of person who will fully understand the ideology behind the scenes and exactly what United means to literally everyone.
Mourinho has the confidence to walk through the front door at Old Trafford and put trophies on the table, but the problem is he has a track record of doing just that and then leaving swiftly after.
United are going into a period where many are now saying they won’t win a trophy for a couple of years while Moyes adjusts to the pressure and brings in his own signings.
However, the point is that he’s not the sort of manager who is going to run away at the first sign of trouble. He will embrace the challenges which will face him such as the imminent departure of Wayne Rooney.
Say whatever you like about Moyes’ lack of achievements at Everton and the fact he’s blown the budget at the club on hardly high profile players, but he knows English football inside out and he understands it.
It’s very naïve to suggest that he’s not going to be able to go out this summer and make some solid signings for the club, which will make United a very strong force heading into next season.
If Rooney wants to jump ship, that’s fine but Moyes understands the English market and he has more resources at United than he could of ever dreamed of to satisfy every ambition he’s ever had as a manager but was never able to satisfy at Everton.
It’s a classic case of the success Mourinho guarantees being overpowered by the prospect of someone who could genuinely manage United for a very long time.
Ask any United fan on the street whether they want their club to turn into Chelsea, high turnover of managers with a large number of trophies, or whether they want to maintain the respectful credentials created by Ferguson and nearly all of them will choose the latter.
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