It’s been almost five months since Jose Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea manager.
It was December 17 that the Portuguese boss was dismissed from Stamford Bridge and there has barely been a day that has gone past without him being linked with the Manchester United job.
Louis van Gaal has been under pressure all campaign at Old Trafford and it appeared it was only a matter of time before he was replaced by the ‘Special One.’
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However, United chiefs have delayed and that’s allowed the Dutchman to attempt to salvage their stuttering season - and he has.
He’s led the Red Devils into the FA Cup final, where they face Crystal Palace, while they still have a chance of achieving a top-four finish. They trail Manchester City by four points - although they have a game in hand - as they aim to play Champions League football next season.
A trophy and Champions League qualification would make it very difficult for the club to dismiss Van Gaal. With his contract expiring at the end of next season, United chiefs are tempted to allow their manager to see out the remainder of his current deal instead of getting rid of him prematurely.
Therefore, according to The Sun, they have asked Mourinho to wait one more year before taking control of United.
It’s a deal that Mourinho is unlikely to be too happy with.
New job in the summer
Although he’s never mentioned United when making comments, he has regularly said that he will be starting a new job in the summer. Last month, he told Sky Sports: "I am always linked with jobs and in the summer I will have a job, but in this moment I can promise you I do not have a contract with any club.
“I have made this exception to speak with you [the media] because I didn’t speak for a long time, but I am going back to the same position. The only thing I can say is I don’t have a contract with any club but in the summer I will be back."
But this latest report doesn’t necessarily mean Mourinho to United is a no-go. The controversial coach could be tempted with a 12-month stint in the Chinese Super League, or any other lucrative short-term deal, while he waits for Van Gaal’s contract to end.
However, in a years time, other European clubs could be on the hunt for a world-class manager and United could lose out due to them dragging their feet.
It’s certainly a risky strategy for the club, especially considering they know they will be on the lookout for a new manager this time next season if they do keep Van Gaal.