Italian journalist claims Manchester United-Mourinho a done deal
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Manchester United, Mourinho a done deal: Gianluca Di Marzio


  • Mourinho has a deal in place

    Famous Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed Jose Mourinho has already a deal in place to become the next Manchester United manager.

    The 52-year-old Portuguese has been highly linked with a move to Old Trafford and is rumoured to have a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ in place to replace under-fire current boss Louis van Gaal.

    Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was desperate not to sack the Dutch manager in mid-season, despite a torrid December which saw the Red Devils ousted from the Champions League group stages and suffered defeats to the likes of Norwich and Bournemouth.

    However, United look not likely to qualify for next season’s Champions League and the 64-year-old LVG will certainly be relieved of his duties once that qualification chance eventuality is mathematically impossible.

    Mourinho has made no secret of his admiration for the United hot seat over the past few months but he has been unwilling to speak out of his desire to manage the club because of his close relationship with Van Gaal.

    However, in a Twitter Q&A session, Di Marzio claimed that Mourinho has already dealt in place to become the next Old Trafford boss this summer and that we are only awaiting an official confirmation.

    However, earlier this month there were reports suggesting Jose Mourinho’s inability to nurture young players seems to be the main reason why Manchester United now don’t regard the Portuguese manager as a potential successor to Louis van Gaal.

    Some powerful influences in the Old Trafford boardroom reportedly believe Mourinho  cannot be fully trusted to keep faith with the club’s long-standing philosophy of bringing up homegrown talent from their Academy.

    Sunday Mirror Sport claimed the former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager has now surprisingly resigned himself to the fact that United hierarchy are moving on with a succession plan which could see Ryan Giggs eventually take charge after van Gaal is shown the door.

    Mourinho also has no pedigree when it’s referred to committing to youth ones.

    Another disturbing fact is that the Special One hasn’t been able to stay in any of his seven managerial spells for longer than three years is another important reason why he is not seen as a good fit by the influential figures roaming the club’s corridors of power.

    The major concern is youngsters like Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Paddy McNair will see their smooth pathway into the first team suddenly blocked if Manchester United decide to bring in Mourinho to pacify some disgruntled supporters.

    Jose Mourinho has handed just five starts to Chelsea academy players in his five years spell at Stamford Bridge, it’s certainly a damning statistics.

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