Manchester United have endured a horrendous season after amassing just 48 points from their opening 28 games. For this reason, they lie in sixth place. You've heard it all before; they are playing extremely badly, their play seems laboured, and there is no sign whatsoever of the fluid Manchester United that won the league title last season.
The nature of the game is such, that if you don't meet your targets for the season, questions will be asked, and fingers will be pointed at the manager. This has become more of a regularity for David Moyes, as sometimes he is even quizzed about his own future at his press conferences, even if you manage to gain a massive victory like last night against Olympiakos.
Although there are signs that David Moyes is coming to terms with the huge task of managing a club of Manchester United's magnitude, the name Jose Mourinho never seems to vanish.
People are asking: why did United not consider Mourinho? Surely he's one of the best, if not the best manager in world football currently?
Mourinho reportedly wanted the job himself, and tried to indicate this to the media with his apologetic tone when talking in his post match interview after Real Madrid were victorious over Manchester United by two goals to one last season. Chelsea fans might not have liked it, but the reality is that Mourinho would've grabbed the job with both hands if given the opportunity.
However, there are many reasons for why the Manchester United board might have not decided to hire Mourinho. Firstly, and the most obvious reason is that United would probably be unsure at how long Mourinho would stay in Manchester for.
Despite being known for his enormous amount of success, Mourinho is also known for winning titles and moving on after two or three years. This was the case at Chelsea, Inter Milan, and recently Real Madrid, and there was no indication that Mourinho would stay for as long as Manchester United wanted him to do so.
Secondly, the board might have thought that Mourinho would be a handful. Mourinho left Chelsea arguing with Roman Abramovich, and is known to cause unrest at clubs that he goes to.
The Manchester United board could have felt that they wouldn't have been able to deal with Mourinho's ego, and so decided to take a manager who is sure to be disciplined with the club, and not cause any unrest, which is probably one of the reasons why Moyes was chosen over Mourinho.
Furthermore, Mourinho is never shy to make comments in the media, and his outspoken nature would have put Manchester United in a bad light, maybe to the dislike of the fans, and the owners.
Also, even though it may sound like a brainless thing to say, with the resources that Moyes had at Everton and the landmarks he achieved there, Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United may have thought that he would make use of the financial resources available and bring success to the club.
I am not saying here the Jose Mourinho would not do well at Manchester United, I am saying he is not suited to it. Although he has said that he would like to stay at Chelsea for 12 years, will he really be in the job for more than four?
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