There were claims that Manchester United could have parted company with Jose Mourinho, if Newcastle had won at Old Trafford.
With 20 minutes remaining of the match, it was looking like an interesting post-match…
Sadly, three goals in the final 20 minutes dashed the hopes of Newcastle fans and ensured Mourinho would be in his job for at least a little bit longer.
However, what if Manchester United did/do call time on their manager, who would be the ideal replacement?
Chris Waddle believes that if they could see past his Liverpool connection, Rafa Benitez would be ideal for Man Utd.
The former Newcastle winger says that fans and players are desperate for Rafa to stay at St James Park BUT nobody would blame the NUFC manager if he finally walks away from the joke that is Mike Ashley’s running of Newcastle United.
Chris Waddle talking to Sportingbet:
“Everybody at Newcastle United from the players to the fans loves Rafa Benitez and wants him to stay for the long-term, but I don’t think anyone would begrudge him leaving in these conditions.
“He is a very talented ambitious manager who is not getting even close to what he wants from Mike Ashley and there’s only so many times you can ignore the approaches from other clubs with looser purse strings.
“I think Rafa Benitez should be a candidate to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. He is definitely good enough and has that big club experience having won trophies around Europe.
“Manchester United might not consider him due to his history with Liverpool, but there’s no doubt in my mind he would be a good choice.
“I think Rafa Benitez would love to sign a new deal at Newcastle and stay at the club next year, if they can avoid relegation.
“He will have offers from other clubs but he knows how rare it is to have unwavering support from the fans and that’s exactly what he has at Newcastle.
“But there will come a point where Rafa Benitez has to leave Newcastle in order to fulfil his own ambitions. He wants to compete for trophies and have more freedom in the transfer market, but there’s little sign of that happening at the moment.
“Benitez won’t hang around battling relegation forever.”