Manchester United may be about to take a gamble and roll the dice one more time with Louis van Gaal
Leicester City wrapped up their first Premier League title on Monday with two games remaining and now the most exciting thing to look forward to in the English top flight is a conclusion to the long running managerial saga that has unfolded at Manchester United.
Since last December, rumour and reports have been swirling that current United manager Louis van Gaal faced an early exit at Old Trafford following a protracted period of poor form. Jose Mourinho had just vacated the Chelsea job and from that moment on he became the favourite to succeed van Gaal. It was just a matter of time.
It was reported recently that United had done a deal with Mourinho and that he would take over this summer, with an announcement expected any day. Reports that the news was leaked in Portugal and that United were bringing forward the announcement suggested there was some validity to the story.
Now however it seems that we are still no closer to knowing just who will be in charge after the summer. Reports in The Sun now suggest that non-executive chairman Ed Woodward and the United board have asked Jose Mourinho to wait another year before taking over.
Seemingly unwilling to axe Dutchman van Gaal with one more year left on his contract, United bosses hope that Mourinho might be willing to accept their proposal and take on a lucrative 12 month spell in the Chinese Super League while he waits for van Gaal to see out his final year in charge.
Mourinho has often stated that he wants to get back into management next term and in a competitive league such as the English top flight. The prospect therefore of heading to China for a year seems just a little far-fetched.
United fans will be reeling at the prospect of another year under the guidance of van Gaal. While the Dutchman has shown a strong emphasis on bringing youth into the side and having steered United into a bit of late season form, the negatives continue to outweigh the positives and the United faithful are crying out for a change.
The appointment of Mourinho was considered to be a done deal by many at this point. If the United board have decided to push this back by another season, it might be well to assume that Mourinho will seek a new challenge elsewhere.
With the likes of PSG sniffing around the Portuguese manager, United may just have to accept that to wait a year is to wait forever.