Jose Mourinho may well be an attractive proposition for Manchester United, and may well be attracted to Manchester United himself, but I have no doubt he will not be the next United boss.

Sir Alex Ferguson's successor must be an experienced manager but equally must be a manager who can be moulded to United's way of life. Mourinho, in my opinion, is very much his own person and can be sometimes seen as bigger than the club he managers with the ego to go with it. United will not be attracted to this.

United will be looking for longevity in their future manager and sometimes with Mourinho I get the impression he is looking forward to his next challenge rather than his current one.

There is no doubt that Mourinho is an excellent manager and would almost certainly continue the success of the Fergie dynasty. However, United want to continue this legacy for a long period of time and would rather have a manager whom they can mould than a person with too many of his own ideas. United have witnessed other clubs, like Liverpool, not continue their traditions, and pay for it. They will not want this to happen to themselves particularly with the likes of Manchester City breathing down their necks.

Ferguson may have the desire to move upstairs after he retires so the incoming manager will need to be aware of his possible influence from above, whether intentional or not. This may cramp Mourinho and something he may not be overly enamoured by.

The attraction of managers such as David Moyes is obvious for Manchester United. Unlike Mourinho he does not make the headlines very often and has learnt the art of managing the hard way. 

Perhaps Mourinho has had it all too easy in his managerial career so far. Certain attributes will be paramount for a future Manchester United manager and continuity and commitment will be top of the list. If United do look abroad then a manager such as Pep Guardiola might be more to their taste.

There is much mutual respect between United and Mourinho but I doubt this will be enough. To me they seem completely incompatible. There is no hiding the achievements of Mourinho but United will look for much more in their new manager. 

 

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