Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly set to recommend Jose Mourinho as his successor at Old Trafford.
Touted as a possible replacement for the managerial legend on a number of occasions, question marks have been raised in the past over the temperament of 'The Special One', with reported fears as to whether Mourinho would be able to represent the right imager for the Red Devils.
However, his will to win and success ratio whilst manager at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan can not be argued against, with current side Real Madrid expected to pose a strong challenge to Barcelona both in La Liga and Europe this season after falling to their bitter rivals in both competitions last term.
It's claimed in The Daily Mail that Mourinho and Ferguson have forged a close relationship since the Portuguese manager's exit from the Barclays Premier League back in 2007, and a source close to both managers claims the Scottish knight has given his endorsement to the potential successor.
"Alex and Jose are close - Alex will do what he can to get him the United job. Jose has had many problems at Real Madrid but Alex understands that is largely to do with his nationality," the source is quoted as saying in the British paper.
"Jose is proud of his country but Spanish people look down on the Portuguese and don’t like to take orders from them. It is different in England - when Jose left, it was massive news and the Chelsea players felt it was like a bereavement."
The comments concur with those of England international defender Rio Ferdinand, who two years ago noted that Mourinho would be one of the few managers in the world with the 'ego' to cope with taking the top job with the English champions.
"If you're talking about someone with the ego and personality to do it, then Jose Mourinho is the name that jumps out at you," he said in GQ magazine back in 2009, when speculation was rife that Ferguson was contemplating retirement.
Any suggestion of Mourinho's appointment is likely to be met with a mixed reaction from United fans, who remember all-too-well the manager's run down the Old Trafford sideline when Porto knocked the Red Devils out of the Champions League in 2004.
However, his confrontational style and honesty make him a favourite with many, ensuring that their will be some supporters of the 48-year-old should he land the top job.