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Jose Mourinho has rejected his first job offer since being sacked by Manchester United

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Manchester United have well and truly moved on from Jose Mourinho.

The Sun reported that the club had his office cleared out just five minutes after he was sacked in December.

And the mood at Old Trafford is already significantly more positive.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in as caretaker manager and he’s overseen five wins from five matches in all competitions.

The players, who seemed to lack joy and motivation under Mourinho, now appear revitalised.

None more so than Paul Pogba, who has scored four goals in as many matches.

That’s United. But what about Mourinho, whose reputation has taken an almighty hit?

Mourinho turns down Benfica's offer

Having seen how wretched the football was, top clubs won’t have as much confidence in Mourinho as they once did.

But that hasn’t stopped Benfica from offering the 55-year-old a job.

According to Sky Sports, the Portuguese club made contact with Mourinho after Rui Vitoria was sacked last week.

But Mourinho rejected Benfica’s offer. Sky Sports’ report states that he feels it is too early to return to Portuguese football and wants to continue at one of Europe’s leading clubs.

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Mourinho’s managerial career started at Benfica in 2000 but he left after just nine league matches following a dispute with the club.

His career would eventually take off at Porto, so it’s not as if his entire memories of managing in his home country are bad.

But it will be interesting to see which club decides to hire a manager who left his players unhappy and whose style of football is becoming old fashioned.

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Consider Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s approaches to the game. Both Manchester City and Liverpool are eyeing domestic and European glory while playing attacking football.

That’s not to say that they’ve completely ignored their defence. But Guardiola and Klopp are happy if they manage to score one more goal than the opposition.

Mourinho has been unwilling to adopt that same approach and it's cost him.

Solskjaer came in, released the shackles and Man United are firing on all cylinders as a result.

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