Mourinho to Manchester United is actually not so mad

October 27, 2008

British tabloids are used to putting 2+2 together and getting 5.

In my mind, the rumour about Inter boss Jose Mourinho one day replacing Alex Ferguson at Man United is 2+2 = 4.5…ie. closer to the truth than the usual tittle-tattle but without concrete foundations.

The idea, which has been around ever since he left Chelsea, was given fresh impetus by Mourinho himself last week when he said he would like to return to England once he is finished at the San Siro.

People had talked about Spain and the Portugal national job but Mourinho, threatening to annoy his Inter bosses, made it clear he was still in love with English soccer and the passion of the Premier League.  

His Inter contract will run out in 2011, about the time Fergie will finally hang up the overcoat.

At first glance, Mourinho seems the obvious candidate. He snatched two titles off United while at Chelsea, his charisma is world-renowned even if it tends to get him into trouble (just like Fergie over the years) and he is a great motivator of top players.

His rivals for the job, if he wanted it, are diminishing by the minute. Fergie’s former assistant Carlos Queiroz has made a patchy start in charge of Portugal and following a disappointing time at Real Madrid, some may feel he is better as a No. 2 than the boss.

Fabio Capello has said the England job is his last, Mark Hughes may have burned his bridges by joining Manchester City and his replacement at Blackburn Paul Ince left Old Trafford under a cloud. Sunderland’s Roy Keane also departed the club in a rush and may even be too outspoken for the Man Utd hierarchy compared with Fergie and Mourinho.

But Jose isn’t there yet. His Inter side have been far from convincing so far this season and although it is early days, any major hiccup could affect his chances.

Then again, Inter are joint top of Serie A and lead their Champions League group despite not playing well.

Born winners are hard to find.

PHOTO: Inter coach Jose Mourinho, with his new haircut, watches his side draw 0-0 at home to Genoa, Oct. 26 REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

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However Mourinho gets back in the Premier League, it is something most fans of English football would like to see. It’s just not quite the same without him.

Man Utd are a world class side and there aren’t too many managers in the game that would warrant a crack at Old Trafford… Mourinho is one of a few who might.

Posted by Neil | Report as abusive

The clever money is on Phil Brown to replace Sir Alex!!
We will be sad to see him go and I guess we’ll have to consider the “special one”.

Jose Mourinho has proved himself at the top level. He has the ability and character to handle a job of this magnitude.

He has an abundance of charisma, enthusiasm and self belief which would be essential in this position. Mourinho’s only problem, and it could be a big one at a Manchester United, is his cautious approach to football in that he plays a percentage game.

Overall though he would be the leading contender, just ahead of Roy Keane who has demonstrated the same steely determination and abililty in management as he did as a player.

Posted by Bryan | Report as abusive

agree that the sounds Jose gets back to England the better. He’s probably realised how much he loved it over here and he perhaps prefers the style of football too. Which might be a little strange because he can be slightly on the defensive side which you’d think would be ideal for Italy.
Anyway, not 100% sure he’s really Utd’s style, although he’s definitely big enough to do it, my money would be on either O’Neill or Keane (depended on how long Ferguson remains).
If Benitez goes in the next couple of years, The Special One will be at Anfield. Always thought that he wanted the Liverpool job before he went to Chelsea and Benitez got it.
Wherever he goes, can’t wait for him to return, even if it’s just for the press conferences!

yes after ferguson is gonne let mourihno come it will be great because he is a world class manager

Posted by ronaldo | Report as abusive

To be honest, i wouldn’t have agreed to this article a few years ago however, the now i feel there aren’t that many suitable candidates to take over from Fergie right now. Mourinho is one of the few. I’m not convinced at his brand of football however there is no doubt that he is a winner.

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