Jose Mourinho has his eyes well set on making Manchester United his next club to manage, after being sacked by Chelsea, ESPN FC is reporting on Friday.
Mourinho, who has managed some big European clubs in the past, including Real Madrid and Inter Milan, was fired by Chelsea on Thursday after failing to get the best of his team this season, and it is understood the Portuguese coach wants Manchester United to be his next job.
Current Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is set to leave Old Trafford when his contract expires at the end of next season and it is thought Mourinho has made note to his representatives that he would be interested in taking over, despite talks of Ryan Giggs being the man nurtured to step into the top boss role when the Dutchman leaves.
Chelsea have been disturbingly poor this season — losing 9 of their opening 16 games in the English Premier League, and the club felt it was time to remove the fan favourite — following reports that the 52-year-old had lost his dressing room and some top players had given up on him.
Van Gaal is not a very popular man at Manchester United these days and there are murmurs that he may not be allowed to see out the rest of his contract if he can’t get the team to improve.
ESPN reports said:
Sources have said it is no longer so certain Van Gaal will see out the final year of his contract in 2016-17, and though much depends on performance in the remainder of this season, United have already begun pursuing Pep Guardiola as the Dutchman’s successor.
The report also claims that Mourinho’s agents have already contacted Manchester United to discuss the possibility of him taking over from Van Gaal.
There is no doubt Mourinho has the CV to take charge of any club or country.
However, several Manchester United fans have voiced their concerns over the attitude of the Portuguese and the controversy he carries around with him.