One of Jose Mourinho’s closest journalistic confidants, Chelsea supporting Sun football writer Rob Beasley, believes the Portuguese would “love” to manage Manchester United one day.
Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea this week following a disastrous start to the campaign, with the London club sitting 16th in the Premier League table.
The 52-year-old was reportedly close to taking the Man United job in 2013 before the role was handed to David Moyes. Beasley, who has interviewed Mourinho on a number of occasions, believes he would jump at the chance to take charge at Old Trafford if the under fire Louis van Gaal was let go.
“He’d love to manage United,” Beasley said.
“The two clubs he always talked about were Liverpool, that’s gone now, he would have loved to have gone up there and reawakened Merseyside and won the league with them. The other was Manchester United.
“He thought – and Fergie thought – he was getting the job when Fergie was leaving, they had spoken about it. It seemed Fergie was setting Jose up to take over. But he ended up back at Chelsea.
“Manchester United, he would love it. Imagine Jose Mourinho walking out in front of the Stretford End and giving them the pump fists. ‘What can we do? You’re the 12th man.’ The fans would go mental!”
While Mourinho may well be keen on managing United, it remains to be seen if the board, as well as supporters, would be too.
This season, he threw his players under the bus, disrespected staff and generally conducted himself in an awful manner. It is behaviour not becoming of a United manager and he wouldn’t really represent a long-term option for the club assuming, of course, that van Gaal is let go.