This is according to the ever-reliable Tutto Mercato Web.
And when we say ever-reliable, we actually mean rather unreliable. Okay, so they’re not quite as bad as the notorious Spanish website Fichajes - Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United in January, anyone? - but if they continue publishing stories like this it won’t be too long before they earn themselves a similar reputation.
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TMW, who have got fans needlessly excited over the past 12 months with stories involving Stephan Lichtsteiner and Felipe Anderson amongst a host of other top players, claim Mourinho “is ready to move from Chelsea to Manchester United” following a disastrous start to the 2015-16 campaign.
Chelsea, meanwhile, apparently want Diego Simeone to replace the Special One at Stamford Bridge - even though the Argentine coach signed a new five-year deal with the Colchoneros back in March.
Mourinho stood a better chance in 2013
So, what are the chances of Mourinho actually ending up at Manchester United?
It could have happened in the summer of 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson brought an abrupt end to his 26-year tenure in charge of the Red Devils.
Ferguson had - and still has - a soft spot for the Portuguese coach but, instead, opted for David Moyes after it became clear that Mourinho wanted to return to Chelsea following his three-year spell with Real Madrid.
Others like Spanish journalist Diego Torres, however, claim that Mourinho was devastated after being overlooked by Ferguson and broke down in tears after hearing Moyesy had landed the gig.
Make your own mind up on that one.
Mourinho is unlikely to replace LvG next year
Mourinho is currently the sixth favourite to replace Van Gaal at Old Trafford behind Ryan Giggs, Pep Guardiola, Gary Neville, Jurgen Klopp(!) and Carlo Ancelotti.
It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that, one day in the future, he will become manager of Manchester United. However, Van Gaal is going nowhere for the time being - performances might be a little on the dull side, but the Dutch coach is delivering results - and it’s hard to imagine Mourinho ruining his legacy amongst the Chelsea fans who adore him by jumping ship to Old Trafford.
Manchester United fans: would you even want Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford? Isn’t he more trouble than it’s worth? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!
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