In his second season in charge at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho has led the Red Devils to one of the most successful starts they have had since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down. However, the Portuguese could have been seen at the Liverpool helm instead of Jurgen Klopp following his sacking at Chelsea.
The United tactician was on the back of leading the Blues to a third Premier League title under his management. Unfortunately, Mourinho’s infamous third season curse had returned to haunt him once again, as he almost set his side on the course of a possible relegation. However, Roman Abramovich was quick to sack the ex-Real Madrid boss before he struck the final nail into Chelsea’s coffin.
Nevertheless, the former Porto manager wasn’t short of job opportunities, as he was approached by many top-tier clubs before committing his future at Manchester United. And oddly enough, he was even approached by bitter rivals Liverpool back in 2015, according to Duncan Castles of Yahoo.
Back then, due to the inefficiency displayed by Brendan Rodgers, the Reds were plotting for a replacement to turn the club’s poor form around. The Merseyside outfit were also aware of Mourinho’s weakening relationship with the Londoners, and consequently approached him with an offer.
However, as per Castles, the 54-year-old dismissed the idea of a switch, believing that Chelsea officials would remain faithful during his poor spell. Ironically, the United boss was shown the exit doors by Abramovich, and Liverpool went ahead with the appointment of Klopp while Rodgers suffered the same fate as Jose.
On the other hand, after a League Cup, Community Shield and an Europa League title, it is fairly clear who has led their respective clubs better. The Manchester outfit currently sits second on the league table, whilst Liverpool find themselves at eighth.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.