The Manchester United hierarchy might still not be entirely convinced about Jose Mourinho taking over as the manager at Old Trafford, but as far as former striker Teddy Sheringham is concerned the Portuguese is the right man to get the club back in the business of winning trophies. Louis Van Gaal's future, despite an upswing in recent results, still remains uncertain, with the former Chelsea manager the favourite to take over.
The only reason behind Manchester United not agreeing a deal with Mourinho is thought to be the board's – or at least some members of the board – hesitancy to appoint someone with the Portuguese's reputation. Headlines – good bad and ugly – always follow Mourinho around, and the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton are reportedly not convinced that is the right way to go.
Owners of Manchester United – the Glazer family – are also reportedly unsure if Mourinho would be the right choice, but Sheringham believes the club should look beyond the former Real Madrid manager's personality profile and look at the potential success he can bring to the club.
"You have to try and get the best," Sheringham was quoted as saying by The Mirror. "For me, Manchester United are still in among the top two or three clubs in the world. So, you have to go for the top two or three managers.
"I'd go for Mourinho, although, maybe he doesn't quite fit right for the kind of club United are. But if it was him, he would make it happen, that's for sure."
Sheringham does not believe Van Gaal is the right man for the job. In the Dutchman's first season, Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, but the manner of the results were never really convincing. This season has not gone Manchester United's way either, with Van Gaal criticised for his style of play, while the club were knocked out from the group stages of the Champions League.
They are currently fifth in the Premier League standings, one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City with seven games to play. If Manchester United do not finish in the top four and miss out on the Champions League for next season, there is a good chance Van Gaal will be let go.
"It's time to make the change," Sheringham added. "If Van Gaal stayed, he'd be going into his third season and they still aren't quite firing on all cylinders.
"After two years in charge, you would think they would be close to being where you would want United to be, but it's hard to see the progress."