Dietmar Hamann has suggested Manchester United should go after former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez?
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has suggested that Manchester United should consider going after Rafael Benitez to replace David Moyes at Old Trafford.
The instant reaction of some United fans is going to be ‘it’s a joke right?’ but could the controversial decision to appoint the Spaniard actually make sense?
“Rafa Benitez is in Italy at Napoli but his family still lives in the north west and he has always made it clear that he would love to return to the Premier League at some stage,” said Hamann on talkSPORT’s Colin Murray show.
“He, and Manchester United, will be a very good match. He had a few run-ins with Fergie but he only pointed out a few facts, as he would say. If I was a United fan I would want somebody who gives us the best possible chance to get back in the Champions League.”
Arguably Benitez’ greatest achievement is when his Liverpool side won the Champions League trophy back in 2005 after the trailed AC Milan 3-0 at half-time in the final.
He also has very recent success in charge of Chelsea, guiding the Blues to the Europa League title last season as interim manager.
His current Napoli side are way off the pace in Serie A in third, 22 points behind Juventus at the top of the table and 14 points behind Roma in second place after 34 games.
His European experience is first class and there will be tremendous pressure on whoever United appoint next season to get back into the top four and compete for the Premier League title.
Whether it’s an appointment that United fans would accept is another matter and Benitez himself, still a popular man at Anfield, may be nervous about associating himself with United because of his Liverpool past.
As Benitez points out, the Spaniard’s family still live in the North West from his Liverpool days and life could become more difficult for them if he builds an allegiance with Manchester United.
He’s a good tactician and he brought some of the best players from Spain into English football when he first went to Liverpool, which shows he won’t blow the transfer budget United reportedly have to revitalise their fortunes.
Whether he gets the chance to spend the club’s money is just a case of wait and see.