Bernabeu boss linked with move to replace Old Trafford legend.
Jose Mourinho will only become Manchester United’s manager this summer if Sir Alex Ferguson chooses to step aside for the self-anointed Special One.
Reports claim that Mourinho is ready to walk away as boss of Real Madrid despite his side being seven points clear of Barcelona in La Liga this season.
But his apparent desire to leave the Bernabeu will not be something the Old Trafford hierarchy respond to unless Ferguson, 70, decides to retire.
Mourinho has encountered a number of off-the-field problems at Real – not least with Spain full back Sergio Ramos – and is said to be tired of the politics.
His availability would alert a number of Barclays Premier League clubs when he has long expressed a desire to return to England.
Ferguson is fond of Mourinho and, while there would be some concern among the United powerbrokers that he courts too much controversy, the Portuguese would be seen as someone who could all but guarantee continued success at the club. The only problem is the timescale.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
It would appear that the chances of Sir Alex Ferguson stepping down this summer are very limited indeed. The Scot announced last year that he could see himself remaining in his Old Trafford post for another three years and given that there is no Champions League triumph to chase this term and a fight to retain their Premier League title with their local rivals Man City leading the pack, a retirement for the 70 year old may have to wait a year or two at least.
Ferguson appears to be the kind of man who would like to go out on a high and given what an incredible job he has done as Man United boss this current campaign, which has been a very rocky one thus far, is unlikely to be the ‘high’ he would be looking to end on.
Mourinho’s apparent disagreements with players and members of the Real Madrid board doesn’t appear to have affected the club’s form on the field of play. The Bernabeu side now sit some seven points clear of arch-rivals Barcelona in the La Liga table and are safely through to the Champions League knockout stages so perhaps the ‘Special One’ is just looking for some attention, some acknowledgment of his achievements. Perhaps this is just a cry for help.
After all the Portuguese boss threatened to walk out at Stamford Bridge three times before he was finally axed by Roman Abramovich.