Manchester United will want assurances from Jose Mourinho before hiring him.

Manchester United will want assurances from Jose Mourinho before hiring him

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Manchester United are wary about appointing Jose Mourinho as Louis van Gaal’s replacement and will want assurances from the Portuguese coach before offering him a contract.

This is according to the Guardian, who understand there is concern at the highest level of Old Trafford about Mourinho’s managerial style, specifically his reluctance to promote youth players and the amount of conflict he tends to generate.

The report adds that United are “acutely aware of Mourinho’s strengths” but would make it abundantly clear to the former Chelsea boss that his behaviour would need to improve in order to land the manager’s job at Old Trafford. He would also need to agree to help the development of the club’s talented young players - something Manchester United pride themselves on.


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Throughout his managerial career, Mourinho has often overlooked the long term in favour of short-term gain. This has meant spending big money in the transfer market on ready-made stars rather than handing young players a chance and allowing them to develop in the first team over a prolonged period of time.

United boast a remarkable record of naming at least one youth team graduate in each first-team squad dating back 78 years, right back to October 1937, and are keen to maintain that tradition post-Van Gaal.

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Mourinho can be very volatile

As well as Mourinho’s reluctance to use young players, United officials are also cautious about appointing such a volatile coach.

The Portuguese manager was handed a one-match stadium ban earlier this season after twice refusing to leave referee Jon Moss’s dressing room against West Ham - per the Guardian - and accusing the match officials at Upton Park on that afternoon in October of being “f*****g weak”.

Mourinho has a difficult relationship with the Football Association - although Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t too dissimilar during his 26-year spell in charge of the Red Devils.

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