Everybody knows it but at the time he was already committed to Chelsea. Fast forward to January 2016 and Mourinho is out of a job after being sacked by Chelsea, while Louis van Gaal‘s job is on the ropes at Man United.
Many see Mourinho as a potential successor to van Gaal and The Sun reports that the Portuguese manager expects to get the job within six months.
While few can argue with Mourinho’s long-term record of success at various clubs in different countries, equally so nobody can deny the chaos that he brings with him. Is Mourinho, and everything that comes with him, what United need?
My view is no. I don’t want Mourinho to become United manager this summer, or ever for that matter. What the frustrations with Louis van Gaal have shown is that the ethos of United, the attacking flair and excitement, is just as important to fans than the result itself. It’s embedded into the club’s DNA and that’s the fundamental clash with Mourinho that makes it look like a square-peg-round-hole fit.
Pep Guardiola is by far and away my top choice to replace van Gaal but if he is indeed making his way to Manchester City instead, then I honestly have no idea how United are going to replace the Dutchman.