Phil Neville explains why Jose Mourinho will eventually manage Paris Saint Germain

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United full-back Phil Neville believes that Jose Mourinho will eventually assume the role of Paris Saint Germain boss later in his career.

Various reports earlier in the week claimed that PSG had approached the 54-year-old over a potential move to the French capital.

But Mourinho, speaking ahead of his side’s 1-0 win over Benfica, made it clear that he wasn’t considering a move anywhere at this given time, yet noted he wouldn’t end his career at Old Trafford.

And Neville has told BBC Radio 5 Live that he expects to see Mourinho make the swap to Paris a few years down the line.

“A lot has been made of his comments,” he said.

“When he signed for Manchester United, I don’t think anybody thought he was going to be at United for 10-15 years like Sir Alex Ferguson.

“I think modern day management now says that three or four years is probably the maximum.

“He’s probably just putting a few feelers out there to say in two or three years time Paris Saint-Germain, it’s another country that he hasn’t been to, another country he hasn’t won titles in, and that looks the next step.”

Mourinho, ever since assuming his first managerial role 17 years ago, has dominated Portugal, England (twice), Italy, Spain, and indeed Europe at large on several occasions.

But one box remain un-ticked in the form of France. For now, however, this can only be a prospect lingering on the horizon. How long Mourinho will be United manager, and whether another job will come in between, is anybody’s guess. We could have a different manager this time next year, after all.

Either way, we have to shelve this discussion. The emphasis is now firmly on the Mourinho project at Old Trafford – something unavoidably exciting and still, you sense, firmly in its nascent stages – and how far exactly it can go.

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