Michael Owen says with Guardiola now taken, only Giggs or Mourinho can replace van Gaal at Manchester United

Manchester United could well be looking for a new manager in the summer unless their form improves dramatically.

Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has commented on Twitter about the managerial situation at Old Trafford, suggesting that now there are only two viable candidates to take over from Louis van Gaal if and when the Dutchman leaves.

Owen was reacting to the news that Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola will take over at Manchester City next season, suggesting that was a huge blow for the United hierarchy who would have no doubt been hoping to tempt the Spaniard to the red half of Manchester.

“Bad day for United yesterday with Guardiola signing for their neighbours,” Owen wrote. “Only two men suitable for the job now in my opinion: (Ryan) Giggs or (Jose) Mourinho.”

Giggs is currently Louis van Gaal’s assistant at Old Trafford while Mourinho is out of work since leaving Chelsea earlier this season.

Van Gaal has come in for plenty of criticism recently due to his style of play, with his undeniably talented players failing to attack the opposition and seemingly content to keep the ball and wait for a chance to present itself.

But Mourinho’s style is not exactly the United way, which potentially leaves Giggs as the best – albeit most risky – option given his knowledge of the club and history of working under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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