Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has said he “suffers” watching his former club side play under Jose Mourinho and that he is not the right fit for the club.
United are 10th in the Premier League ahead of the visit of Everton, and have won just five of their 13 games in all competitions this season.
Cantona, who won four Premier League titles and two FA Cups during his time at Old Trafford, said that Mourinho does not suit United.
“It’s not the right man for the right woman,” he told The Republik of Mancunia. “It’s the way you play. You can lose games but you take risks. You lose against Juventus and they have 70 percent possession of the ball at Old Trafford.
“Could you imagine that with [Alex] Ferguson on the bench?”
Cantona also said that United’s style of play is driving youngsters towards rivals Manchester City.
“I suffer and I suffer even more when I see [City] play so wonderfully,” he said. “I think kids needs to have an example. They need great players, great movements, creative football to identify themselves to a player or a team. And I think they are now losing a generation of young players.
“These young players identify themselves to the way City play. Can we accept that? No.”
Mourinho’s job has been under intense scrutiny, and Cantona said he would like to see a former player take charge at United.
“At United, they never give a chance to a player who knows the club from the inside, who knows the identity and philosophy of the club,” he said. “I don’t want people to think I’m saying this because I want to be manager of Manchester United. It’s just the truth.
“[Ryan] Giggs? Any player who wants to be the manager they should give them the chance.”