Jose Mourinho will be appointed Manchester United next month according to Sam Pilger.
Pilger, whose work has been published in The Times, FourFourTwo, Bleacher Report and author of a book called Man United’s Best XI, is not a journalist who would put his neck on the line unnecessarily, so people are likely to sit up and take notice of what he’s got to say.
Along with Gianluca di Marzio who a couple of months ago made it clear his sources said Mourinho would replace Louis van Gaal, Pilger becomes the latest to add to the ever increasing speculation surrounding the Portuguese manager.
I was told last week by an impeccable source Jose Mourinho will be appointed the new Manchester United manager next month #MUFC
— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) April 25, 2016
It’s impossible to ignore the growing sense of inevitability around Mourinho joining United. Three years ago I would never have entertained the prospect of Jose replacing Sir Alex Ferguson but right now I’m not sure we have a genuine alternative to turn towards and van Gaal certainly shouldn’t stay another year. At this stage if Mourinho doesn’t take over then there is going to be egg on the faces of a lot established newspapers and creditable journalists.
If everything falls in place how it has been widely reported in England, Spain and Portugal, van Gaal could sign off as United manager by winning the FA Cup and bringing it back to Old Trafford for the first time in over a decade. He might not have been a wild success but that would be a great way to pass the baton.