Manchester United have reportedly made contact with Jose Mourinho about becoming the club’s manager, with the axe hovering ominously over incumbent boss Louis van Gaal.
The Red Devils have endured a testing period of late, culminating in an awful 2-1home loss to Norwich City last time out.
According to Neil Custis of the Sun, it’s a sequence which could potentially see Van Gaal sacked before United’s Boxing Day fixture with Stoke City, and it seems they may have their eye on a replacement already.
Custis claims faith in Van Gaal has seeped away among the Old Trafford hierarchy after a run of three consecutive defeats.
The supporters seem to have finally lost faith in the Dutchman too, with a fan poll cited in the piece suggesting a whopping 88 per cent of United fans want Van Gaal out and Mourinho to come in.
Things have certainly taken a turn for the worse at United in recent weeks, with the club out of the Champions League and off the pace in the title race. It's undeniable at this juncture that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is in a precarious position.
Paul Hayward of the Daily Telegraph thinks, with Van Gaal on the brink, it’ll be intriguing to see how the players respond:
If Van Gaal has 'two games to save his job,' Man Utd are basically asking the players whether they want him or Mourinho.
Van Gaal’s position has been scrutinised further in the wake of Mourinho’s sacking by Chelsea.
The Portuguese was relieved of his duties last week after an awful start to the season at Stamford Bridge, but he’s a proven winner, a supreme motivator and has the bullish personality required to take on the job at Old Trafford.
For United, it’d also be a unique opportunity to acquire a manager who is genuinely world class and currently unattached.
Bleacher Report’s Sam Pilger feels as though it’s imperative the Red Devils move quickly to secure a quality replacement for Van Gaal:
It would be an act of gross negligence for
#MUFC not to start the 2016/17 season with either Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho as their manager.
Mourinho has his flaws, though. Like Van Gaal, the former Chelsea boss is a pragmatist and any United supporters bemoaning the style of football that has been on show at Old Trafford this season would not have their aesthetic desires fulfilled.
Of course, there is a lot of baggage which comes with the Portuguese too, particularly his divisive personality.
Despite all those factors, ESPN’s Alex Shaw thinks the Mourinho might be an ideal fit for the Old Trafford hot seat:
You can argue all you want (and there are plenty of concerns and valid points) but I think Mourinho is made for United and would be a hit.