Recent speculation in the English media has suggested that Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is on the brink of a return to England with Manchester United touted as a potential destination.
The reports come amidst a public falling out between ‘The Special One’ and his current employers’ sporting director Jorge Valdano.
And former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins who worked alongside Mourinho at Stamford Bridge has added fuel to the fire when he spoke to talkSPORT this week.
"At the minute it's hard to see Fergie stopping - you only have to look at him jumping up and down on the touchline to know he just adores football,” he said.
"But Fergie is a dear friend of Jose, you know. I would imagine they converse, I would think they are on the phone together every now and then.
“And I wouldn't put it past Manchester United that if Sir Alex decided this was time to call it a day that Jose would be the type of guy they would go for."
The current dispute between Mourinho and Madrid stemmed from the club’s apparent reluctance to part with any money to bring in cover for the injured Gonzalo Higuain, before eventually bringing in Emmanuel Adebayor on loan for the rest of the season.
The former Chelsea manager has made no secret of his desire to one day return to England where he enjoyed great success leading the Blues to back-to-back league titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06.
He also won the League Cup twice and one FA Cup in 2007 before he left the club by mutual consent after a falling out with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
"It's always important for me and my family to be happy and I love English football and my family love England," he is quoted as saying in the Sunday Mirror.
"I have always maintained I will return one day but maybe it will come sooner than I expected."
With Manchester United sitting pretty at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, Ferguson’s appetite is not showing any signs of waning.
But when the time finally comes to drop the curtain on a glistening Old Trafford career that has spanned over more than twenty years, ‘The Special One’ is ready and waiting.
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