Jose Mourinho was "desperate" and "incredulous" when he found out he had missed out on succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United boss to David Moyes - according to an explosive new book in Spain.

Spanish journalist Diego Torres's book “Prepárense Para Perder” (Prepare To Lose) has been serialised in his newspaper El Pais, and contains some of the juicer allegations made about the Special One's time in charge at the Bernabeu.

According to the book, Mourinho, who left Madrid to take charge of Chelsea for a second time this summer, was confident that he was a contender for the hot seat at Old Trafford once Ferguson decided to step down at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.

However when Moyes was announced as the Scot's successor, the Chelsea boss is alleged to have screamed: "But he’s won nothing!”

Torres also claims that Mourinho felt cheated by Ferguson, who he had cultivated a close relationship with during his time with Chelsea, and that he had told his agent Jorge Mendes to try and stop Moyes' appointment.

Torres writes in El Pais: “They were the most miserable hours of Mourinho in his time as manager of Real Madrid. Between dozing and waking he had a mobile glued to his ear, seeking clarification during the night of the 7th and the morning of May 8.”

“What most spooked Mourinho was the conclusion that in public he would look a fool. He felt cheated by Ferguson and feared someone might stop taking him seriously. For years, the propaganda machine had reported the idea of ​​a friendship that is now revealed as a fantasy image. Mourinho’s advisers told him to say that he already knew everything because Ferguson had called to inform him.”

Moyes has endured a mixed start to life as Manchester United boss, and has suffered defeats against both Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks.

The Red Devils have also drawn with Mourinho's Chelsea side, who lost three games in a row recently to consign themselves to the worst start to a season since Roman Abramovich bought the club.

The book will be released in Spain on Wednesday, while accusations have already started to fly that Torres has an axe to grind with Mourinho from his tempestuous time with Real Madrid.

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