Jose Mourinho still remains unflustered about where his future lies and insists there is still plenty of time for things to be finalised.
The rumours linking him with Manchester United have been impossible to ignore and after our 3-2 defeat to West Ham on Tuesday, a top four finish now looks implausible unless Manchester City lose to Swansea City on the last day of the season.
That means Louis van Gaal has lost his biggest bargaining tool to try and keep his job. The latest on Mourinho from the BBC suggests he’s got a verbal agreement with United but when queried in Mexico City as part of a FIFA Legends event, he remained cool as a cucumber.
“There is plenty of time,” he calmly responded.
United only sacked David Moyes once finishing in the top four was mathematically impossible and if United weren’t in the FA Cup final, then Monday may well have proved to be van Gaal’s reckoning but our trip to Wembley on Saturday 21 May means any decision regarding his future will have to wait just that little bit longer.
It’s been an up-and-down two year period under van Gaal but coming towards the end of it, we’re at a low point in terms of morale among the fanbase that he is the man who can guide us forward. His watch is over as far as I’m concerned.
Sir Alex Ferguson‘s meeting with Mauricio Pochettino this week has filled me with a little bit of hope there’s a chance we can lure him to United but I don’t think we’re going to be able to do that, which leaves Mourinho as arguably the only viable option to take us forward at this moment in time.
Three years after Sir Alex retired and I took the morale high ground by saying we didn’t need Mourinho and his style of play, I’ve conceded that he looks the most likely candidate to take over from van Gaal and he’s seemingly patiently waiting for United.