Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was promoted to a full-time role as Manchester United manager last season. Therefore, the Norwegian’s job status should be safe for the foreseeable future. However, a world-football legend has reportedly mentioned himself as the “ideal candidate” for the job.
We’re talking about Diego Armando Maradona. Yes, you read that right. And yes, this is not a joke or a satire article. Maradona actually named himself as “the ideal candidate” to manage Manchester United.
“If Manchester United need a manager, I’m the right man”, Maradona said in an interview with Four Four Two. “I know they sell many jerseys all over the world, but they also need to win trophies. I can do that for them,” he said about the idea of leading at Old Trafford.
Although in the same interview, he said he “supports” Manchester City because of Sergio Aguero. But he also said Manchester United “were his team in the 90s” and that Sir Alex Ferguson “assembled a great squad” back in the day. The lack of cohesion in his words is astonishing.
What’s the reasoning behind Maradona’s words?
The timing of Maradona’s words is quite odd… although that’s something we should be used to. The Argentinian star already has a job as the manager of Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico’s Liga de Ascenso (the country’s second-tier league). So why would he mention himself to manage Manchester United? Especially since The Red Devils have no plans to let Solskjaer go despite the poor performances towards the end of last season.
Maybe Maradona just wants to grab headlines. Or maybe he actually thinks he’s fit for the job? But based on his track record with Dorados – who are yet to gain promotion to Liga MX – that might not be the case. Not now, not never.
You can file this one under the “things that won’t happen unless hell freezes entirely”. Maradona is not coming to Manchester United. Even if some fans want him to land at Old Trafford.