Even though ‘The Special One’ has been telling friends that his move to Manchester United is a done deal and reports in Spain and Portugal say that Jose Mourinho has already agreed a pre-contract deal with the management of Old Trafford and is only waiting for things to be made official, fresh facts from the UK say that these are all far from the truth.
According to The Sun UK on Saturday, Mourinho is yet to be announced manager of Manchester United because the club’s board is ‘unsure about making Jose Mourinho their next manager’.
The respected British tabloid, quoting Spanish football expert, Guillem Balague, reports that contrary to widespread reports of deals and pre-deals, Manchester United is actually yet to agree a deal for Mourinho to become the new manager.
While it is true that the former Chelsea boss has been heavily linked with the Old Trafford hotseat and is being seriously considered at the club, Balague says that club chiefs are divided over whether to appoint The Special One. On his part, Mourinho has been without a job since December after receiving the chop from Roman Abramovich for a second time and the Portuguese tactician is only waiting for the management to make up its mind.
“No deal with Mourinho has been done. Will it be done? Who knows, but no deal has been done. And there are enough people at Man Utd that don’t want Mourinho.
“For Man Utd fans, there are more coaches than Mourinho. I know the appeal of having Mourinho, but have a look at what Cocu has done with PSV, what Allegri has done with Juventus, what Tuchel is doing with Dortmund.
“They will realize there is more than one coach in this world,” Balague told Sky Sports.
The report confirmed that United is planning to sack Louis van Gaal this summer after failing to see any improvements, and Mourinho looks set for the gig after confirming he’ll be taking a new job in July but all is not concluded yet.