Old Trafford side set for major re-shuffle.
Ronaldo and Mourinho in, Fergie out? Speculation rife duo could be manager’s leaving gift to United
The return of CR7 and the arrival of the Special One would surely soften the blow for fans if this does turn out to be Ferguson’s final season
Cristiano Ronaldo has put Manchester United on red alert by refusing to sign a new contract with Real Madrid.
The Spanish champions have offered him a contract extension until 2018, increasing his pay from £10m a year to £15m, but cash is not the key issue.
Ronaldo is said to be increasingly unhappy in Madrid and is understood to be ready to leave next summer, according to reports in Spain.
Qatari-owned PSG are understood to have made Ronaldo and Real coach Jose Mourinho their dream targets for next summer.
But with a growing belief this could be Fergie’s last season, United may gazump PSG to bring in both Ronaldo and Mourinho, who is among the favourites to succeed Fergie, in an amazing coup.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
This would indeed be a coup of stellar proportions and is perhaps one that is not entirely unbelievable. Jose Mourinho could well be edging towards a Bernabeu exit after seeing his side fall some 16 points behind Barcelona in the La Liga chase and the Real Madrid boss has reportedly had bust-ups with a number of senior players including most recently skipper Iker Casillas, leading to the keeper being sensationally dropped last month.
Cristiano Ronaldo is also strongly linked with a possible Bernabeu exit and if the Portuguese international were to leave Real Madrid one would imagine of all the major clubs that could come calling a return to Old Trafford would have to be high up on his list of potential moves.
Sir Alex Ferguson turned 71 on New Years Eve and after over a quarter of a century in charge of Man United the Scot may well be leaning towards retirement and should he pick up any major honour this term then perhaps a move to call it a day becomes more plausible.
It will be nigh on to replace Ferguson as he has become an integral part of the club’s history but the inevitable day when such a day does come to pass without Sir Alex in the managerial hot seat is probably fast approaching.
Arguably there are few better candidates to replace Ferguson than Jose Mourinho. The former Chelsea & Inter Milan boss has experienced success wherever he has managed and is a big enough character to bear the weight of expectation that comes with the task of replacing a legend of the game.
It probably helps that Mourinho is good friends with Ferguson and the 49 year old may well be the favourite for the task and therefore when the season comes to an end all the stars may be aligned for such a switch to take place.
If Jose Mourinho fails to secure either the Champions League or La Liga titles there is a fair chance he will leave the club, not least because there are a large segment of supporters who have never taken to him.
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