Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has stated his belief that 'a Jose Mourinho' would have taken on the role as manager at Old Trafford prior to the appointment of David Moyes.
Mourinho was initially believed to be interested in potentially succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson before instead returning to Chelsea, with the Red Devils' decision to instead opt for Moyes - a man widely believed to have been chosen by 'Fergie' himself - backfiring badly with the Scot having departed the club on Monday morning after an atrocious 295-day reign was finally brought to an end.
Retired Australian 'stopper Bosnich - who represented Manchester United between 1989-91 before another three-year stint with the club a decade later - has been very critical of the choice to appoint Moyes as well as confirming his belief that a manager of Mourinho's caliber would have accepted an offer.
"It is a great lesson to be learnt not to let your outgoing manager choose your next manager," he said in an interview with talkSPORT.
"For all Sir Alex Ferguson did, the choice of David Moyes was not the right one. It was poor. He should never have been allowed to do that.
“People have said none of the top managers would have taken the job but I disagree. I’m quite certain that a Jose Mourinho would have taken the job."
Indeed, whether indeed Mourinho would have been content to move to Old Trafford ahead of a return to Chelsea - the club with which he enjoys immense popularity and won back-to-back Premier League titles during a first stint at Stamford Bridge - is an interesting point of debate.
While Bosnich - who also made a handful of appearances for Chelsea after departing Manchester United - appears resolute in his belief that the Portuguese would have been keen to take on the challenge, there can surely be no doubting Mourinho's affection for Chelsea and the club's fans.