Leicester City defied all the odds by erasing their relegation candidates tag to lift the Premier League title last season. However, in the world of football, it seems that arguably even stranger things have happened.
Jose Mourinho is one of the leading managers in world football and it is never a surprise to see the Portuguese linked with the biggest managerial roles.
However, the Daily Mail have revealed that Manchester United were so desperate to appoint the former Chelsea boss three years ago, while he was in charge at Real Madrid, that they held private talks with the 53-year-old in the back of a people carrier.
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While it has been widely understood that former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson selected then Everton boss David Moyes to take over after retiring in 2013, it appears that club officials had always had their sights set on Mourinho.
It is understood that Mourinho was offered the chance to succeed Ferguson as Manchester United boss by Red Devils executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, in a people carrier that was parked outside the Vicente Calderon, prior to Real's local derby with Atletico Madrid.
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But, in a far from ideal scenario for Mourinho to prepare Los Blancos for one of their biggest matches of the season, the Portuguese had to refuse the Red Devils' advances, with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich having already tempted him to make his return to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea.
Moyes Mourinho alternative
Following the meeting, United later turned to Everton's David Moyes, however, that decision proved to be the wrong one, with the Scotsman axed from Old Trafford after less than a year in charge.
Mourinho was always considered the best successor to Ferguson; considering his record at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, previously. And the Red Devils believed the Portuguese had the personality to handle the task of delivering further success in the post-Ferguson era.
However, Mourinho's decision to show his loyalty to Chelsea, in the end, has not helped with United's recent struggles - falling in and out Europe and struggling to compete for the Premier League title.
Fortunately for United, they got their man in the end after Mourinho was relieved of his duties at Chelsea for a second time. And under the Portuguese's guidance, the Red Devils are showing steady signs of improvement.
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