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What does the future hold for Leonardo Jardim?

As far as performances go, things have certainly picked up for Manchester United in their past couple of games.

Their second-half display against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was one of their best of the season, while they showed a lot of fight versus Max Allegri’s Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday night in a 1-0 defeat, putting to bed any conspiracy theories suggesting the players are trying to get manager Jose Mourinho sacked.

That being said, things are still certainly far from perfect between the Portuguese coach and his playing staff with his fractious relationship with star midfielder Paul Pogba clearly visible.

Considering how poor results have been this campaign as well with Manchester United currently sitting 10th in the Premier League, it would not be a surprise if the former Chelsea boss was removed from the Old Trafford dugout come May.

And if so, the Manchester United hierarchy should be looking at Leonardo Jardim as a potential successor.

Jardim is currently out of a job following his split with AS Monaco after their disastrous start to the season, but would still be the perfect candidate for the Manchester United hot seat despite his fall from grace with the Ligue 1 side.

Jardim has an excellent track record when it comes to working with young players with the 44-year-old playing a significant role in Anthony Martial’s development.

It is that sort of thing Manchester United supporters want to see rather than the constant public criticism Mourinho aims at the likes of Martial and Pogba.

Most importantly, though, Jardim is capable of delivering the kind of football the Old Trafford faithful so desperately crave.

With the right components — as he showed at Monaco when he had Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva — the Portuguese coach can offer some very entertaining football on the pitch.

In the 2016/17 season where Monaco were crowned Ligue 1 champions and made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League, there was arguably not a better outfit to watch when they were in full flow. And at Old Trafford, Jardim would undoubtedly have similar quality to work with.

Mourinho’s job looks safe for now but, if it becomes untenable in the near future, then Manchester United must put Jardim on their shortlist to replace the ex-Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager.

What does the future hold for Leonardo Jardim?
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