Manchester United and José Mourinho

Manchester United have been looking at the past few years since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson with disappointments. “The Chosen One”, David Moyes, was not able to bring glory to the Red Devils. His successor, Louis van Gaal, the current manager, is struggling to win over the fans and the media on his side with the club not doing as well as expected despite the amount of money spent to bring back trophies at Old Trafford. Players such as Juan Mata (M), Angel Di Maria (M/W), Daley Blind (D/M), Anthony Martial (F), Memphis Depay (W/F), Marcos Rojo (D), Luke Shaw (D), Ander Herrera (M) and a few others have been brought in the past few years, but the club has not won a single piece of silverware since an FA Community Shield triumph over Wigan by the score of 2-0 in August 2013 (at the beginning of David Moyes’s era) thanks to a brace by former star striker Robin van Persie.

Here comes José Mourinho. The Portuguese manager has been out of a job since leaving or being sacked for a second time by Chelsea F.C.. The native of Setúbal, has not found work since and there is growing speculation that he might be the favourite man to take over Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford at the end of the season. With Manchester City hiring Pep Guardiola earlier this season, the Red Devils may feel like it has to respond and despite a club legend, namely Ryan Giggs, gaining experience on a regular basis next to the Champions’ League winning Dutch coach as his assistant, the hierarchy at Manchester United might find it tempting to respond to their arch rivals by renewing a past rivalry involving both managers once at Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

It should be an interesting story unfolding in Manchester and if the Red Devils decide to sign the Portuguese manager, it will surely set up some fireworks in months if not years to come.

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