Manchester United have already held talks with Jose Mourinho’s camp about becoming manager in the summer but are prepared to bring that date forward, reports James Ducker from The Times.
Ducker says Mourinho ‘craves’ the Man United job but points towards a power struggle in our boardroom which is complicating anything; Sir Alex is believed to be backing Ryan Giggs while Ed Woodward wants Mourinho.
We all know one thing full well – Mourinho would run to Manchester if he knew it would land him the job, so he’ll be firmly interested in the role if it were to be presented to him. However, that is yet to happen but it can’t be ruled out.
Ducker also points towards Sir Alex and David Gill always raised doubts about the Mourinho regime at Chelsea and its flaws, hence why Giggs would be whether there confidence lay. Could those previous doubts be affecting Mourinho’s support at board level in United?
One point I want to make about Mourinho is that the ex-Chelsea boss revealed he was one of the first people to know about Sir Alex retiring. If Fergie really wanted Jose to get the United job, he would have made it happen at that point. We all know Mourinho would have dropped the world to get that job, but the opportunity was never presented.
That’s not to say it can’t happen but what this whole situation does indicate – from van Gaal being talked into not resigning by Woodward to constant murmurings about Mourinho – is just how bad it is at United right now, and how change is a necessity.
Will Mourinho be the man to take the club forward after van Gaal? He’s certainly a candidate but the split decisions at board level seem to be making it a harder task than necessary in singling out who should replace him.