Jose Mourinho was Manchester United’s first choice to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager but he turned them down.

According to Portuguese newspaper Record, David Moyes was only the Old Trafford club’s second choice after the Real Madrid manager declined an offer.

It claims Manchester United officials had a five-year contract ready to offer to Mourinho but he declined for family reasons, so the Premier League champions then turned to their next choice in David Moyes.

Mourinho has been heavily linked with a return to his old club Chelsea this summer and the report claims his desire to relocate his family to London was behind turning down the offer from Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson announced he would be retiring from his post after 26 years on Wednesday, with both Mourinho and Moyes cited as possible candidates to succeed him in the immediate aftermath.

The Everton boss was eventually announced as the next Manchester United manager on Thursday afternoon, with the club and Ferguson claiming he was their number one choice.

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