Mourinho Would Have Already Left Manchester United If It Were Any Other Club

Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino react.

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Jose Mourinho has revealed to a close associate that he would have left already had it been any club other than Manchester United, The Mirror are reporting.

The Portuguese boss has come under fire from several sections of fans and former stars for his handling of players at the club as well as the failure to sign top recruits during the summer transfer window.

But the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has blamed the same on the higher-ups at United, Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward in particular.

Mourinho has gone as far as to tell his friends that he would have quit had it been any other club, after being denied to sign certain names during the transfer window.

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The 55-year-old had sent in a list of names to Woodward before the window even opened, which included defenders such as Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, and Jerome Boateng. But his request was denied by the club, leading to frustration across the board at Manchester United.

Time and again, Mourinho had revealed last season that the Red Devils could not push for the title because they didn’t have the players that Manchester City did.

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He also went on to pinpoint certain players for not giving 100% day in and day out, with Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, and Anthony Martial being regular critical targets for the tactician.

While the powers-that-be at United have shown their confidence in Mourinho by offering a contract extension earlier this year, there is substantial evidence to suggest that the relationship between the Executive Vice-Chairman and Coach is fractured to say the very least.

It is perhaps the determination to prove his critics wrong that Jose hasn’t called it quits just yet, but multiple reports suggest that if he does decide to leave, a very able replacement might be in the offing in the form of Zinedine Zidane.