Former Argentine, Chile and Athletic Bilbao's team manager Marcelo Bielsa, a man some tip as the next Manchester United manager, is said to be considering his options after being approached by another club who are keen to see him back in football.
Manchester United under manager David Moyes have been nothing short of a disaster so far this season. Last season’s Premier League champions are currently in seventh spot, 12 points off a Champions League place with just 10 games remaining, and will need to overcome a 2-0 deficit against Greek side Olympiakos if they are to avoid elimination from this season's Champions League.
In a results business, Manchester United have performed poorly; in the entertainment stakes, they have arguably been worse, as Moyes’ dull defensive tactics have frustrated supporters and may well put off potential star players from moving to Old Trafford. And financially, the implications for Manchester United should they not qualify to play top European football next season, are huge.
One man, however, who is renowned for setting up strong teams to play in style - and had a huge influence on Pep Guardiola - is Marcelo Bielsa. Dubbed 'the master' by the Bayern Munich boss, the Argentine-born coach has an excellent track record in football, and could well be the man Manchester United turn to in the event that they finally lose faith in Moyes.
Bielsa's recent spell at Athletic Bilbao was a huge success, as his side reached the 2012 Europa League final (after eliminating Manchester United 5-3 on aggregate), and the final of the Copa Del Rey by producing an expansive style of football.
Dubbed ‘El Loco’ – meaning Madman – by some, Bielsa's style of play would certainly get the best out of the likes of Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj and Wayne Rooney, as they could all freely interchange positions and would be allowed to run forward with the ball.
Linked with a return to national team management at Peru, Bielsa has also being linked with the Monterrey job, but he has so far shown no rush to get back into football management (he left Athletic Bilbao last June).
Games in the next few weeks - including March fixtures against Olympiakos, Liverpool and Manchester City - appear to be key to Moyes' future, and could determine whether Manchester United will seriously look at making a managerial change in the summer. And one contender must surely be Bielsa, who clearly still has his eye on the main chance. Manchester United could do worse.
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