Diego Maradona: "If Manchester United Need A Coach, I’m The Man To Do It"
Diego Maradona believes he is the man to turn around Manchester United's fortunes next season.
The 58-year-old, who is currently in charge at Mexican second division side Dorados, has opened up about the possibility of managing one of the biggest teams in world football, and he's clearly not short of confidence.
Speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, Maradona reckons he could win trophies at United, adding that Paul Pogba doesn't work hard enough, amongst other bold statements:
"If Manchester [United] need a coach, I'm the man to do it," he said in the interview.
"I know they sell lots of shirts around the world, but they need to win trophies, too. I can do that for them."
"Manchester United used to be my favourite English team for so long. So many great players and a great team under Alex Ferguson. But now I have to say Man City.
"With United I liked Ander Herrera. Paul Pogba? Doesn't work hard enough.
"I played at Old Trafford [in the 1983/84 Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final]. What noise, like La Bombonera."
I love that in the photos accompanying the excellent @AndyMitten piece about Maradona at Dorados in this months @FourFourTwo, El Diego is wearing a baseball cap with a picture of himself on it: pic.twitter.com/tRafhTx6Hp- David N (@conanriquelme) May 31, 2019
So there we have it. Diego Maradona is keen on taking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job at Manchester United, but what should fans expect if he becomes manager?
The former Barcelona and Napoli forward is known to give the most unusual pre and post match interviews.
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In his post-match chat following Dorados' defeat to Juarez last year, he took an age to respond to a question.
And when I say an age, this might be the biggest pause in an interview ever.
Diego Maradona with one of the greatest post-match interviews ever. pic.twitter.com/jIJuF2Ppyv- ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) November 26, 2018
I know Wayne Rooney and his mate Steven Gerrard loved a good "erm..." but this takes it to a whole new level.
Maradona started his managerial reign with relative success and after recording a comfortable 2-0 win against Leones Negros at the start of the season.
The former World Cup winner gave the world a taste of what was to come when he celebrated by dancing with one of his players in the dressing room.
Have you ever seen a manager do this before? No, didn't think so.
Diego Maradona celebrating Dorados de Sinaloa's victory.- Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) October 1, 2018
He's the coach of the Mexican side. :flag_mx: pic.twitter.com/herRD8hXln
Of course, Maradona was embroiled in controversy at the 2018 World Cup, so it may come as a surprise to some that he has taken steps into management.
The 57-year-old was in attendance for Nigeria vs. Argentina as 'La Albiceleste' secured passage to the next round of the World Cup in dramatic fashion, but footage emerged of him being carried up stairs.
He also gave the middle finger to fans during the tie.
Can you imagine Maradona taking over as Manchester United manager? No, me neither but it would be guaranteed entertainment.
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