There has been a new development in the prolonged saga of Jose Mourinho becoming the next Manchester United manager, after the Portuguese refused again, to rule out the possibility of replacing Louis van Gaal once this season comes to an end.
The ‘Special One’ has openly stated his intention of returning to management this summer, and although his next destination is unknown as of now, he has been consistently linked with the United job since getting sacked by Chelsea 5 months ago. However, a few doubts have started emerging due to reports suggesting the Red Devils’ CEO Ed Woodward wants to avoid sacking Van Gaal, and instead let the 64-year-old see out the final year of his contract.
But with United losing 3-2 to West Ham on Tuesday, they have lost their golden chance of finishing fourth and qualifying for next season’s Champions League, and unless their ‘Noisy Neighbours’ get beaten by Swansea City on the final day of the season, Van Gaal’s men are bound to finish 5th in the league, thereby putting the Dutchman’s future in serious jeopardy.
Mourinho, who is currently in Mexico to manage a FIFA legends team, was asked about United blowing their golden chance to jump into the top four due to a loss to West Ham, to which he replied saying he had only found out about the result when he checked into his hotel, as per the Daily Mail.
And when asked if it would affect his future, the 53-year-old smiled enigmatically and said: “There is plenty of time.”
Only time will tell where the Portuguese tactician ends up, but for now, he is to remain in Mexico and manage a combined male and female FIFA Legends team that includes the likes of Ronaldinho and Luis Figo, and face off against a Mexican All Stars team at the Azteca Stadium.