Jose Mourinho’s departure from Chelsea was always the likely outcome. The Blues desperately struggled for form under the Portuguese manager this season, occupying a league position near the drop zone.
Mourinho had previously expressed his desire to stay at Chelsea for the rest of his career. But with that thought not coming to fruition, the now ex Chelsea boss seems to have turned his sights elsewhere quite quickly. According to The Sun’s Rob Beasley, Mourinho would ‘love’ to manage Manchester United.
Beasley is closely linked to the manager, having interviewed him on many occasions and revealed the information on BBC Radio Five Live.
“He’d love to manage United. 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!”
Back in 2013, the then Real Madrid manager was reportedly very interested in succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson following his retirement. Unfortunately for Mourinho, he was overlooked for David Moyes. The 52-year-old was so willing to take the job, that failing to do so reduced him to tears.
This time around, Chelsea’s severing of ties with Mourinho has somewhat perfectly coincided with Manchester United’s poor run of form under Louis van Gaal. The Red Devil’s fans have been starved of excitement this season as some have even called for the Dutchman to leave.
And with reports of discord among the United group, it wouldn’t be improbable for the likes of Pep Guardiola or Mourinho to snatch the reins at Old Trafford.