Jose Mourinho to Manchester United: sacked Chelsea manager targets United as his next destination
Jose Mourinho is targeting Manchester United as his next managerial job, The Independent has learned, and intermediaries have already taken the first steps in trying to make it happen.
Chelsea sacked the 52-year-old on Thursday, but it is felt that could finally open the way for the Portuguese to get the post that many feel he has long coveted, especially given the ongoing dissatisfaction at Old Trafford with Louis van Gaal.
Sources close to Mourinho say he has already received job offers for the start of next season, but his representatives have also reached out to United because it is the role he has coveted above all others, especially since it became clear that his second spell at Chelsea was coming to an end.
The issue of whether he would be a suitable candidate for the job has long caused debate at Old Trafford, and some key United officials wanted Mourinho to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson when the Scot retired in 2013. Mourinho was open to the possibility, but United decided to appoint David Moyes, and Mourinho returned to Chelsea.There is currently doubt at the top level of Manchester United about the direction of the side under Van Gaal, however, despite the backing he received from club officials in newspapers on the eve of the Wolfsburg away match in the Champions League. It is understood that 3-2 defeat is one of a number of factors – including ongoing player disenchantment – causing the Old Trafford hierarchy to reassess plans for the future under Van Gaal. Some at the club are insistent they go all out for Pep Guardiola to come in this summer, although there is an acceptance Manchester City are leading that race.