Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness believes Manchester United would have appointed Jose Mourinho as their next manager by now if they really wanted him.
Man United have been strongly linked with a move for Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea earlier this term, for several months but an official announcement has not yet been forthcoming.
Souness claimed that United would have moved for Mourinho earlier in the season if they were keen on the Portuguese.
“[Mourinho] is in the elite group of managers that could do that job, where the crowd would be happy with him being there,” Souness said.
“I just think that they’ve had such a miserable time during the season, that if they were wanting Jose I think they would have gone for him before now. He’s got the qualifications. He’s the man if you are looking for someone to come in, stir the pot, get everyone at it and win trophies. He’s your man. But I just feel if it was going to happen, it would have happened before now.”
Souness has a point but it appears the most likely scenario is that an agreement has been made behind the scenes. It would certainly explain the stories suggesting that Mourinho is already lining up transfer targets.
United are still in the hunt for FA Cup glory and a top four finish in the Premier League and they may not want to distract the team with an official announcement. In contrast, Manchester City’s league form dipped when they announced that Pep Guardiola would be joining them in the summer.