It’s not a very good time to be a Man Utd fan. The Red Devils are seriously struggling in the Premier League, and Jose Mourinho is looking like a man in desperate need of saving. He’s really been unable to force his team into a good run of form so far this season, and if things don’t turn around, he could be out of the door quickly.
That said, he’s been in this sort of situation before, and he knows how to get out of it. Indeed, the Portuguese has no choice but to find a solution, even though one, at present, looks to be very tough to find.
Natural methods, like personnel and tactical changes, haven’t done the trick so far, and so perhaps he needs to think outside the box. Well, they don’t come much more outside of the box than by signing a 37-year-old former player of the Portuguese.
Though perhaps not an obvious solution, Jose Mourinho could find salvation by signing Chelsea legend John Terry. The Englishman has been linked with a move to Russia, but has fallen through – opening the door for a team in England to move for him.
Terry is, without a doubt, past his best – but that didn’t stop him last season. He was a regular for Aston Villa as they pushed for promotion, and whilst that goal wasn’t achieved, the defender was able to hold his head high. Displaying his characteristic strength, consistency and passion, Terry was one of Villa’s best players last term, and they’ve really missed him so far this year. Granted, the Premier League is a step up from the Championship, but the Englishman looked more than capable of still being able to make the step up.
He’s a player that Man Utd seriously need, too. The Red Devils lack defensive quality and defensive depth, and whilst Terry is no longer one of Europe’s best, he’s certainly proven that he has more ability than the likes of Victor Lindelof. He’s not going to be a long-term fix, of course, but Mourinho needs to secure his short-term future before worrying about any of that. Not to mention, think of the tutoring and experience that Terry can offer to Man Utd young division of defenders. Terry has won it all over the years, and that knowledge and experience could be so useful for Man Utd’s young players. Furthermore, his leadership in the dressing room would make Mourinho’s job so much easier.
Terry is a Chelsea man, let’s not forget that, and so a move to a rival of the Stamford Bridge outfit does seem very unlikely. However, Terry’s rapport with Mourinho is well-known, and so if anyone can convince him to line-up against his former team, it is Mourinho.
It would be a big and bold move, but in terms of motivation, it’s an approach that makes sense. Man Utd wouldn’t be able to register him until January, but nonetheless, a move makes sense purely for off the field reasons – and the on the field impact could be huge during the always intense second-half of the campaign.
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