Manchester United Talk banner
1 - 20 of 39 Posts

736 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
this is from

Carlos Queiroz is wanted by Portuguese giants Benfica to be their next manager.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson's No.2 has been targeted by Benfica after they sacked Jose Antonio Camacho. Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira believes he can lure Queiroz back to his native Portugal for another crack at being a manager of a top European club.

Queiroz left Old Trafford for one year to take charge of Real Madrid but was given his job back by Fergie after his reign in Spain ended in disappointment.

But Benfica have made Queiroz their No.1 target even though he rejected the chance to become their manager in 2005.

A source at Benfica said: "We need a coach with experience and knowledge of Portuguese football and Queiroz is the best candidate."

Benfica will now try and set up a meeting with Queiroz and will approach his advisers and United to get official permission.

Queiroz insists that he has not had any contact with Benfica and said: "I won't ever say never, but there has been no discussions or talks.

"Benfica was of interest to me in the past but now I am at Manchester United and there are many more challenges in front of me."

Benfica have other managerial targets like Argentinian Carlos Buanchi and Portuguese Jose Peseiro but Queiroz is firmly top of their hitlist.

Back at Old Trafford, Fergie has hailed Ben Foster as the best young goalkeeper in the country and tipped him to take over from David James as England's No.1.

Foster, who has been out for the past nine months after undergoing cruciate ligament surgery, will make his long-awaited United debut at Derby on Saturday.

Edwin van der Sar's thigh strain, coupled with Tomasz Kuszczak's onematch ban, means Foster will be thrown in at the deep end at Pride Park as the title race enters its decisive stage.

But Fergie claimed he has no concerns about plunging Foster straight into first-team action for such a crucial game, insisting the 24-year-old has the temperament to handle it.

"Everyone recognises that Ben is the top goalkeeper England have available," said Fergie. "I think he's above them all.

"It would have been yet another selection dilemma for me if Ben had been fit and available this season.

"Next season I will have that dilemma every week about who my No.1 choice will be. But challenge and competition for places is a good thing, and I look forward to that."

United are hopeful van der Sar will be back for the crunch Easter Sunday showdown with Liverpool at Old Trafford, but are not yet certain that the Dutchman will recover in time.

'We need a coach with real experience and knowledge of Portuguese football and Carlos Queiroz is the best candidate'

Carlos Queiroz Stats

Born: 1953.

After brief playing career as a forward, he landed the World Youth Championships with the Portugal U-20 team which included Luis Figo and Rui Costa. Coached Portugal from 1990-93.

Brief coaching stints at Sporting Clube de Portugal, NY/NJ MetroStars, Nagoya Grampus Eight and United Arab Emirates before coaching South Africa to 2002 World Cup. Resigned before the finals.

Joined Manchester United as first foreign coach in June 2002 and helped win Premier League title.

Appointed Real Madrid coach in June 2003 but did not win a trophy and was sacked in May 2004.

Returned to Old Trafford on July 1, 2004.

4,946 Posts
Would Carlos Queiroz Be Missed If He Did Leave For Benfica ?

United's No. 2, Carlos Queiroz hasn't always
been the most popular figure at the club - he
was largely blamed for trying and failing to
introduce a lone striker system using Ruud
Van Nistelrooy during our 'transitional period'.

But, Fergie rates the Portuguese highly and
has regularly name dropped him as his eventual
replacement. That promotion isn't guaranteed
when Fergie eventually decides to call it a day
and Queiroz has managerial aspirations of his own.

He's already shown as much by leaving United
to manage Real Madrid during an ill-fated spell
in 2004, although he quickly returned after failing
to win over the Spanish fans. However, his
commitment will be questioned again with Benfica
interested in inviting him back to his homeland.

Would you be upset to see Queiroz leave the club
for a second time?

590 Posts
I don't think many people realise just how much this guy does at United. He is hands on involved in near enough everything that goes on, and I think if he left for Benfica we would miss him! Sometimes he can be a bit negative with formation etc, but he is still a great man to have as number 2, and who knows someday maybe as number 1.

He is also good for our Portuguese connection, e.g. Ronaldo, Nani, Anderson etc.

3,236 Posts
Bemsims said:
I am from spanish and Cristiano is fantastic, i like him for my team
Alright, I was a bit too abrupt with my initial comment.

Of course Ronaldo is a fantastic player and would certainly excel in a team with the quality all over the pitch as Barca.

However, I think that he is loyal to United and Fergie, and the fans. Also, the Premiership is now generally recognised the Top league in the World.

All the top players are now coming to England and the CL this year is dominated by English clubs and I'm sure that will be the case in the future.

I honestly believe he is staying with us for the next few years at least mate.

p.s. You have Ronaldinho, Messi, Iniesta, Deco, Bojan, Dos Santos, Eto, Henry and you still want Ronaldo!!! I admire your team's and fans demand for great players and great football.

9,511 Posts
No, to the extent of Carlos being manager.

Yes, with his other areas of the club.

I think he is a decent assistant, and persuaded Ronaldo to stay with us after his Rooney incident at the World Cup.

Without him, Ronaldo would be playing in Madrid, and Anderson and Nani would not be here.

Quite a pivotal figure regarding the players, IMO.

1,544 Posts
Yes, I truly believed that Carlos Queiroz will be sorely missed by fellow United when he finally chose to depart in search of greener pastures ;)

He successfully groomed Ronnie into a world-class player or probably the best in the world currently. Players like for eg. Wazza, Rio, Vida, Park, Carrick, Evra & etc. were some of the crop of elite 'Creme de la creme' who were groomed into professional football players by CQ & SAF with combined efforts! In my eyes, United will only stand to lose out when he leaves for another club. He can communicate extremely well with Anderson, Nani, Manucho & Ronaldo plus loves discovering gems and polishing them into 100% pure diamond. Players performances will increase with him around & SAF will continue to manage United to a ripe, old age! One piece of advice : Don't go Carlos!! :( :D

25,467 Posts
I rate him. First season he came over, Fergie let him get on with it on
the training ground. United won the League that season (not saying
it was all down to Carlos but he played his part)
He has helped bring the likes Ronaldo, Nani, Anderson, Manucho etc..
over to our club. We have a lot to thank him for.
People blame him for our 4-5-1 formation in Europe but we all know
Fergie is the boss and he gets the final say.
Id be sad to see him go but it wouldnt have nearly the same impact
than if Fergie left.
1 - 20 of 39 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.