One of the most decorated managers in world football, Jose Mourinho has been out of a job since he was fired by Chelsea in December last year. Since then, there have been plenty of rumors linking the Portuguese to a number of clubs but it was understood that Manchester United is his first choice.
However, with no official contact yet between the club and the manager, he is now understood to be considering other options including jobs outside England.
Manchester United are on the verge of sacking Louis van Gaal and there seems to be no chance for the Dutchman to lead United out at the start of the next season. But the reluctance of the Old Trafford franchise to even start preliminary discussions with Mourinho has led the 53-year old to explore every possible option.
Mourinho is tipped off to also be happy taking over an elite club back in Portugal but the chances of that are slim. But the manager will surely be looking at successful clubs around Europe if he thinks it is the right move for his career.
Louis van Gaal’s side have shown some improvement in recent times but he needs to find consistent results to even take United into the top four places at the end of the season. However, it is understood that the manager has the full backing of the Club’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward who remains fully supportive of the manager.
There are reports that Louis van Gaal might be given another term to see his contract off at Old Trafford if he is able to take the team to Champions League next season but it looks a tough task with just 13 games remaining.
If United do fail to make Europe next season, it is clear that the Dutchman will lose his job and though there are reservations among the Old Trafford hierarchy regarding the candidacy of Mourinho, he remains in pole position to take over.
Local rivals Manchester City have signed Pep Guardiola for the next season a statement of intent that has seen a need of a manager of similar stature at Old Trafford.
Though Mourinho fits the bill, club legend Ryan Giggs who is presently working under Louis van Gaal is also an option for the next season. However, he is unlikely to be seriously considered as an option to lead the club at this moment.
The Red of Manchester is badly in need of some positives since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson which makes the decision about a new manager all the more important.
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