The seemingly done deal of José Mourinho replacing Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager was rocked in recent days when two Spanish sides sought to lure the Portuguese manager away from England.
Mourinho has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea back in December following a dismal start to the season. Since then he has been constantly linked with Manchester United as under pressure manager Van Gaal struggles to turn around the fortunes of a United side that has found life tough since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Such has been the persistence of reports that Mourinho is due to take over at Old Trafford in the summer, it has become almost accepted fact, even though nothing has been officially confirmed.
However, it appears that United have not had it all their own way with regard to the appointment of Mourinho as their next manager following the sacking of Gary Neville by Spanish side Valencia.
On Wednesday The Sun reported that while Neville’s assistant Pako Ayestaran has been appointed as a temporary replacement at Valencia until the end of the season, the La Liga side have apparently been in secret talks with Mourinho for over a month.
This was not the news that many United fans wanted to hear as the appointment of Mourinho has been highly anticipated.
Today, however, it has been reported in the Daily Star that Mourinho has snubbed not just Valencia but also Real Madrid, making it clear that he has no interest in either job and is holding out for the United post.
If an agreement is in place between United and Mourinho, they will want to start making this a concrete offer sooner rather than later as it is now clear that big clubs are lurking, just waiting to disrupt the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ Mourinho currently has with United.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena