Jose Mourinho remains interested in becoming Manchester United’s next manager, but he’s keeping his options open as Ed Woodward continues to stall.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who say that such inaction on United’s part means that Mourinho is keeping a keen eye on developments at Real Madrid.
Mourinho keeping options open
The Portuguese coach has already had a spell at the Santiago Bernabeu and, despite him leaving to return to Chelsea, has been linked with heading back to Spain again this summer.
It’s purported that Florentino Perez maintains a very high level of respect for Mourinho’s abilities as a manager, and, with things far from certain surrounding Zinedine Zidane’s position as head coach - a role he assumed mid-season following Rafael Benitez’s sacking - there could be scope for a second coming.
United taking their time
Of course, that would deliver a big blow to United, who by all accounts want to have the ex-Blues boss takeover from Louis van Gaal. It’s long been rumoured that the Special One would carry his skills to Old Trafford, and yet United don’t appear to have offered him any deal.
That could be simply because they want to honour Van Gaal’s contract, which has another year left to run, but it might just be that it’s Woodward refusing to commit to a decision that would leave the club in disarray as they enter the final few games of the campaign.
Decisions to be made
In any case both United and Real have massive decisions to make. United have the aforementioned quandary, whereas Los Blancos would effectively be forcing Zidane out the club entirely if they bring Mourinho in - the Mail say he won’t move back down to the club’s B-side.
As ever, Mourinho finds himself in the thick of a saga that looks set to dominate football until it is resolved. United fans would certainly be happy to welcome him to their club given his track-record of success, but is Woodward ready to make the leap?
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