Jose Mourinho WAS reportedly given the opportunity to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford when the Scot ended his reign at Manchester United three years ago, according to the Daily Mail
It had been thought that David Moyes was the man sought out by Sir Alex Ferguson to follow in his footsteps, but the Daily Mail claim that it was indeed Jose Mourinho who was thought to be the man to pick up the pieces following Ferguson’s departure in 2013, a view shared by many a Manchester United fan at the time.
Mourinho, who tenure at Real Madrid was also coming to an end, was allegedly involved in a two-way meeting with Ed Woodward in the back of a car with the Manchester United executive vice chairman having flown to Spain to try to convince him to take over at the 20-time English champions. However, Woodward saw his advances scuppered after Roman Abramovic had already convinced his former boss to return to Stamford Bridge at Chelsea.
With United diverting their attention to David Moyes, it is thought that Mourinho was interested in the job at Old Trafford, a belief that has long been rumoured following the alleged meeting between him and Sir Alex Ferguson during their Champions League second round tie where Ferguson informed Mourinho of his plan to retire at the end of the current campaign. However, with no offer forthcoming, Chelsea swooped to get their man following the unpopular temporary reign of Rafa Benitez. Spanish journalist Diego Torres famously claimed in his book “Prepárense Para Perder” that Mourinho was furious when he was seemingly overlooked for the job over David Moyes, but these latest reports seem to rubbish those claims.
As we know, Chelsea went on to regain the Premier League title within two years of Mourinho’s appointment, whilst United suffered their worst period of the Premier League era under Moyes and Louis Van Gaal respectively. Three years on, United finally have their man as they look to bring back the glory years to Old Trafford.