Pep Guardiola has already appointed Manchester United’s ideal Sunshine replacement – Steven Railston

The Oxford Dictionary defines a watershed moment as an event or time period that marks an important change.

Manchester United have failed to seize the rare, precious moments of time in the last decade, which has led to the club’s gradual decline in the form of won silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Old Trafford bosses did not get the appointments of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal right, but they thought they had supported the winning horse with Jose Mourinho in 2016.

Although it had been clear for some time during the 2015/16 season that United were heading backwards under Van Gaal’s leadership, the decision to release the Dutchman from his duties in May 2016 – some would argue a delayed decision – would prove to be expensive.

This is because rivals Manchester City had already acted decisively five months earlier to get Pep Guardiola from Bayern Munich.

Mourinho and Guardiola arrived at United and City respectively in the summer of 2016, and although Mourinho is the last manager to win trophies at Old Trafford, time has now shown that the latter was the significantly better appointment.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United came back from a week of intense pressure by beating Spurs 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer succeeded Mourinho, and Guardiola has continued to consistently deliver great honors during the Norwegian’s term of office – just as he did through Mourinhos – which has of course been at the expense of Solskjær.

It’s the Manchester derby this weekend, and yet Solskjær seems to be lucky to have the responsibility during the match.

United’s team has been criminally underperforming this season, and that is due to Solskjær’s tactical mistakes. The United board considered Solskjær’s position at the club after the embarrassing Liverpool defeat, but he has since survived the debacle of remaining at the helm.

Solskjærs team reacted to that defeat with a 3-0 away win against Tottenham at the weekend, but the London club fired Nuno Espirito Santo after the match, and tougher tests in the form of Atalanta and City are now waiting for a United team that is desperate after the fight. results.

It is the most important week in Solskjær’s managerial career, and it is a real possibility that he can leave United at the end of it.

If Solskjær leaves United, it will will be a landmark moment in the club’s modern history, and it is imperative that those in power at Old Trafford get the next leadership appointment right; they must learn from missing Guardiola five years ago.

But which coach in world football is the ideal candidate with world-class credentials? The managerial landscape is currently difficult to maneuver, and Antonio Conte – who was open to the United job – seems to be taking the vacant Spurs position.

United need an elite tactician to take them to the intangible next step, and it looks like the exact man could be Luis Enrique.

When Enrique retired from his job in Barcelona, ​​where he won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey trophies and a Champions League during his three-year stay, Guardiola called him the ‘perfect’ coach and expressed his grief over his exit.

Guardiola’s admiration for Enrique is well documented and it is not misplaced. Enrique returned to the lead in 2018 with Spain and he has the best of a nation in the transition and he displayed fantastic tactical nus at the European Championships and later.

There is a growing feeling at Etihad that Enrique may be the ‘perfect’ candidate to continue Guardiola’s legacy, but United should show some initiative to do without it – and try the 51-year-old himself to replace Solskjær.

Enrique and United could be a wonderful marriage and it’s time for United to act decisively to finally support the right horse.

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