This is soon turning out to be an excruciatingly confusing situation for Manchester United. Fans have expressed displeasure at the team’s style of play. Manager Louis van Gaal’s ‘philosophy’ has been derided openly. The prospect of finishing trophyless for the third straight season or worse, missing out on Champions League football again has seen blood pressure levels of the Old Trafford faithful soar.Also Read - Premier League Results Today: Watford Stun Manchester United, Liverpool Thrash Arsenal 4-0 to Close Gap With League Leaders Chelsea

It is viewed as a crisis situation. Jose Mourinho, one of world’s premier coaches is without a job, and if they have to sack Van Gaal now, who is under the cosh, there are repercussions that club has to face. Manchester United is a brand and the executives in charge are responsible of protecting it. Also Read - Watford vs Manchester United Live Streaming English Premier League in India: When And Where to Watch WAT vs MUN Live Stream EPL Match Online and on TV

There have been several voices within the club who have openly voiced their support for stability and longevity to pass on through the generations. They believe their club; unlike the quick-fix ways in modern football would harbour a winning culture by giving the man at the helm time to leave his footprints. Also Read - Manchester United vs Atalanta Live Streaming Champions League in India: When And Where to Watch MUN vs ATN Live Stream UCL Match Online and on TV

It is debatable whether any of the pragmatic supporters believe in this concept, history seldom repeats itself and the club may now have to take a different route for sucess. Within six months of the Moyes era, an embarrassing fly-past was arranged by a section of disgruntled ones which had the banner ‘Moyes Out’ attached to a private helicopter.

With the club languishing at seventh place when Van Gaal took over, the groaning stopped as the side improved a great deal under the Dutchman. They finished third in the table and looked to be on the ascendency.

No doubt, Van Gaal erred severely with his calculations. In the 18 months, he has booted out Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and record signing Angel Di Maria. He opted for an unproven 19 year-old and a Wayne Rooney on the slide to pump in the goals. He is still in the process of finding out his best two players at the base of the midfield.

While he has sorted out his defense, injuries to a few key players have left a few gaping holes there too in recent weeks, which has been one of the worst United have experienced in its recent history.  With the ‘Mourinho to United’ speculations gathering steam by the day, the club is reportedly seeking the advice of Sir Alex Ferguson and former chief executive David Gill.

There is bound to be a clash of interests now. Majority of the United support are crying out for Mourinho’s appointment. Ferguson, Gill and other club ambassadors are strongly against a manager getting the sack while the team goes through the slump.

Truth be told, the old-timers are living in a time warp. United history — which was built by two great Scots, Sir Matt Busby and Ferguson — were from a different era and there were other clubs around the world then who worked with a similar long-term mentality. We are living in a generation where armchair commentators are respected much more than the man paid to deliver results for the club. Managers need to either pander to people’s demands for instant gratification, delivering trophies or walk out of the exit door.

Down at at the Stretford End, there are further demands. After every United game, people lash out the team’s ‘drab’ style of play after witnessing thrilling, expressive football through the Ferguson years. Among the crop who win in style, Pep Guardiola seems destined for Manchester City while Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp are tied with other clubs. It is almost a futile exercise to please a fanbase spoilt with heaps of glory in the last two decades.

The apprehension against signing Mourinho, palpably is the Portuguese’s short term-ism. It should be reminded that even Guardiola had enough of his boyhood club after four years. How do you expect someone with no affiliation for Manchester United FC to carry on for a decade and beyond? A message for Ferguson and co: Be ruthless and dive into the new age, attrition-al ways and get the ‘Special One’ in.