Manchester United have been linked with a move for the in-demand 38-year-old Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim.
Erik ten Hag is under a lot of pressure after Manchester United’s mediocre start to the current campaign, and it remains to be seen whether the Dutchman can turn things around. His future at Old Trafford could be in jeopardy if things do not improve soon, and Ruben Amorim has been identified as a potential alternative.
However, Eduardo Barroso has now claimed that a departure in January is impossible. The journalist and sports commentator claims that Sporting CP need to hold onto their manager and their current players in order to do well this season and that they are unlikely to let the manager leave midway through the campaign.
Barrroso said to Leonino, “We need to keep the coach and keep the players that are there. Rúben Amorim at Manchester United? I don’t believe he will leave in December, it’s impossible.
Amorim has impressed with his managerial skills at the Portuguese club and Sporting CP have played a free-flowing attacking brand of football this season. There is no doubt that he is a quality young manager with a bright future ahead of him. And the opportunity to move to Manchester United could be an interesting option.
Manchester United backed ten Hag significantly in the summer window and expect him to deliver the goods now. The Red Devils were expected to challenge for the league this season, but they are now facing a fight to finish in the top four and secure Champions League qualification for the next season. Their performances in the UEFA Champions League have not been up to the mark either.
There is no doubt that they have a lot of quality in their squad, so the Dutch manager needs to get the best out of his players. He has not been able to galvanise his big-money signings either. It will be interesting to see how the situation develops over the next few months. Acquiring the services of Amorim in January will certainly be an uphill challenge for the Red Devils if they want a managerial change.