Jose Mourinho will want Rui Faria as his assistant manager at Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho appears to be close to landing the Manchester United job - it’s reported that he’s told friends the position is his - and the Portuguese coach has already started to plan how he will shake things up at Old Trafford.

As well as identifying potential transfer targets and thinking about which players he might offload ahead of the 2016-17 campaign, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid head coach also wants to make his compatriot Rui Faria the Red Devils’ new assistant manager.

This is according to the Telegraph, who speculate that Ryan Giggs could leave Old Trafford in order to start his managerial career elsewhere.


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The former Wales international, who has been with United since 1987, had hoped to land the Manchester United job after working under both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. The 42-year-old also took charge of the Red Devils on an interim basis at the end of the 2013-14 season, but United chiefs appear to have opted for the experienced Mourinho instead.

Faria is Mourinho’s trusted and long-serving assistant. The Portuguese duo worked together at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and then Chelsea again following their return to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013.

Like Mourinho, Faria is no stranger to controversy. Back in May 2014, he was banned for six matches - reduced to four on appeal - after he was found guilty of improper conduct and abusive language during a Premier League match against Sunderland.

But Mourinho and Faria, as a partnership, boast an excellent track record when it comes to winning silverware. Since 2002, they have won 22 trophies together in four different countries.

Should Jose Mourinho appoint Rui Faria as his assistant manager at Man Utd - or should he try and convince Ryan Giggs to stay? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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