You don’t turn down the turn the opportunity to hire Jose Mourinho. He may come with baggage – but he’s one of the finest coaches in the history of the game.
‘The Special One’ has won major trophies at every club he’s ever managed, including taking European minnows Porto to Champions League glory in 2005.
So why are Manchester United hesitant in hiring the former Chelsea boss?
Mourinho has a tendency to isolate himself from everyone else at the club, which inevitably results in his departure. He did it twice at Chelsea, and his tenure at Real Madrid ended in similar circumstances.
That and the fact Louis Van Gaal still has a realistic shot of a top 4 finish and FA Cup glory at the end of the season, is probably the only thing keeping Mourinho from the United hotseat.
Mixed reports will not only leave United fans perplexxed, but the players are also said to be in limbo as to who will be in charge next season.
United frontman, Anthony Martial echoed the reports – and admitted he doesn’t know what’s going to happen at the club next season, but vowed to work for Louis Van Gaal.
“As long as the current coach is there, I don’t think about it. If Mourinho must arrive, he will arrive. For the moment the coach is still there.
“Every coach has their good and bad sides. Van Gaal has given me a lot of confidence and I try hard to pay it back to him every day.”
Quotes via Goal.com.
It was reported earlier in the month that Mourinho had signed a pre-contract agreement with United, with the latter having to pay him as much as £15 million should they fail to announce him by July 1st. Other reports suggest that Van Gaal will see the final year of his contract out no matter the outcome.
As of this moment, United’s chief executive, Ed Woodward has thus far ignored the availability of Mourinho and put his faith in the Dutchman.
But why the delay? With Manchester City hiring Pepe Guardiola, Chelsea opting for Antonio Conte, Jurgen Klopp taking the helm at Anfield – United are in danger of being left behind by their rivals.
José Mourinho brings a winning pedigree, and a proven track-record at the very highest level. He wants the United job, and a series of subtle hints since his departure from Stamford Bridge in late 2015 suggests this.
Speaking about his tough time earlier in the season at Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson backed Mourinho to eventually find his way through turbulent times.
“For José, all good leaders will eventually find a solution. He will find a solution. It’s not looking great at the moment, but I know the guy – I know the guy and the work he has done in football, and I can’t see it lasting long.”
Quotes via The Star.
Perhaps Manchester United is his solution; the club that finally tames ‘The Special One’. But Manchester United may regret it should they opt to not sign him, and allow Louis Van Gaal to see out his contract.