Manchester United are at risk of missing out on Jose Mourinho.
The club’s interest in the Portuguese manager has been well-documented - and probably intensified after United’s dismal 2-1 loss at Danish side Midtjylland on Thursday - but Mourinho is reportedly growing tiresome at United’s hesitation to offer him a contract.
According to The Sun, the former Chelsea boss is set to meet Inter Milan co-owner Massimo Moratti this weekend, sparking rumours of a potential return to the San Siro for the 53-year-old.
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Louis van Gaal is currently in charge at Old Trafford but his days at the helm look numbered after the Europa League defeat.
The report stresses that United must act quickly to appoint the in-demand Mourinho. He rejected the chance to return to Real Madrid following Rafa Benitez’s dismissal in January and has also turned down an approach from Roma.
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Mourinho is an admired figure at Inter after he guided the Nerazzurri to Champions League glory in 2010. He arrived at the club in 2008 and lifted the Serie A title in both of his seasons in Italy.
The revered coach succeed Roberto Mancini at Inter six years ago and could fill the Italian’s shoes once again. The former Manchester City boss is under pressure after watching his team fall from first in the table to fifth after a string of poor results.
Moratti remains a key figure at Inter despite selling a 70 per cent stake in the club in 2013. Given the success Mourinho brought to the Italian giants, it’s not surprising Moratti is interested in his services once again.
Manchester United fans will no doubt hope Mourinho’s acceptance to attend Saturday’s game against Sampdoria, along with his right-hand man Rui Faria, will spark United’s hierarchy into action.
Those who travelled to Denmark for Thursday’s game were left chanting: “We’re f****** s***!” at full-time after watching their side squander a 1-0 lead. It could have been worse for United if not for Sergio Romero’s heroics in goal.
Despite being favourites to progress to the last-16 thanks to Memphis Depay’s away goal, United losing to a club from Denmark is unforgivable.
Midtjylland were formed in 1999, the same year United won the treble.
But this current crop of players - and the manager - is a long way off the standard reached by Sir Alex Ferguson 17 years ago. Where Jaap Stam, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs once steered United to European and domestic glory now sits Paddy McNair, Donald Love and Jesse Lingard.
It’s quite concerning United haven’t moved for Mourinho already given Van Gaal’s tenure is seemingly beyond the point of repair. Although his second spell at Chelsea ended disastrously, Mourinho is a proven winner and should have been handed a contract at Old Trafford weeks ago.