It all starts again.
Manchester United are once again being linked with recently sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after the latest update from Italy as Sky Sports Italia journalist Alessandro Alciato claims that the Portuguese manager’s dream to work with the Red Devils is almost a reality now.
The timing of the claim is also interestingly strange. Louis van Gaal’s boys were in supreme command against Stoke in their last Premier League outing, while the United hierarchy had ample opportunity to swing the axe on the Dutch manager after a spate of shocking defeats and a playing style booed by the Old Trafford faithful.
The source of the latest update linking the Special One with the Old Trafford hot-seat is very hard to ignore, though.
Sky Sports Italia journalist Alessandro Alciato, believes that a deal is almost done, and his statement was later retweeted by the Sky Sports Italia’s verified Twitter account.
@SkySport Mourinho-Manchester United: accordo vicinissimo. Che derby con il City di Guardiola!
— Alessandro Alciato (@AAlciato) February 3, 2016
Sky Italia is also bolstered with the well-known Gianluca Di Marzio, who went on to break the Pep Guardiola to Manchester City story and Pep is on his way to the Etihad in the summer.
To strengthen the plot, Alciato even last December interviewed super-agent Jorge Mendes, who represents Jose Mourinho, to discuss the future of Mourinho and his other star client, Cristiano Ronaldo.
— Alessandro Alciato (@AAlciato) December 27, 2015
Last week there was a report from Italian media which claimed a deal already has been struck by the United hierarchy and now all that is left to be agreed is the exact date when Jose Mourinho will be officially announced as the new Manchester United manager.
Louis van Gaal had all the support from United chief Ed Woodward but recent reports suggest the 64-year-old Dutch tactician will be let go by Old Trafford hierarchy at the end of this season.
Woodward expectedly not likely to continue his backing for the 64-year-old manager without having the much needed support of the Glazer family, so for the time being, it seems the owners also have faith in their manager. Having sanctioned almost £300million for transfer spending since 2013 and appointed David Moyes and van Gaal as managers, Woodward also has a great interest in seeing long-term success.
Dissent with the Dutchman’s tactics is increasingly creating tension in the dressing room, and most of the senior players are not ready to stamp it out like they used to do in Roy Keane and Gary Neville’s day. Instead, captain Rooney along with Michael Carrick have voiced their concerns and had several discussions with van Gaal.
The Dutch manager’s tumultuous position at Old Trafford is being seriously eroded and even his family are actually worried about the situation, they think the pressure of the job is taking its toll on him. Some reports suggest they even spoke to him when he reached home in Holland to celebrate daughter’s birthday.