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Jose Mourinho has revealed that he would like to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Ferguson, 67, has stated his intention to step down at Old Trafford before 2012, but at the moment he shows few signs of giving up the reins after 23 years in charge.
But former Chelsea boss Mourinho has admitted he would readily consider taking charge of United.
"I would consider going to Manchester United but United have to consider if they want me to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson," the Inter Milan chief told the Daily Mirror.
"If they do, then of course.
"I like England, where the fans are very passionate and make the game a beautiful occasion with such an incredible atmosphere."
Mourinho left England two years ago when he quit as boss of Chelsea and he returned to football last season as he guided Inter Milan to the Serie A title.
It has not passed Mourinho by, however, that Chelsea have failed to win the title since his departure.
"I had many conversations before Chelsea and I decided on a divorce," he continued.
"It was difficult for me because we loved each other but the relationship went in one direction and it was best for everyone.
"Since I left I became a champion again but they have not been champions again. I keep on winning and they don't."
I think Mourinho is the outright contender for the job when SAF finally quits. Personally I am terrified as to think when that day comes because I'm 27 years old n all I've ever known is "The Fergie Years". The only comparison is when Sir Matt stepped down.......there's no-one anywhere near as good so we get the next best thing!!! That's Mouirinho!!!
Posted 03:43 29th July 2009
Jose's a class manager and I would love to see him at United but no-one will ever replace SAF. Nonetheless Jose would still do a great job
Posted 21:07 28th July 2009
Mourinho!!! Don't make me laugh!!! "I would consider going to Manchester United!!!" Pffft!!! As if he has the choice in the matter!!! - (Andy Young....He can stay a stinking blue!!!! United don't need him!!! ) Utd remain trustworthy in bringing through the ranks... Carlos Queiroz would've been the best and perfect candidate for the job!! So united will again look within to find a replacement when cometh the time.... United to win again! This Season!!!!
Posted 19:58 28th July 2009
No. When Fergie leaves we'll need stability. We CANNOT afford to go through what Chelsea have recently. We are built on stability. He seems a good man manager, just ask Terry or Lampard, but I would much rather, like Ronaldo, we had somebody else at the club who cared more about Utd than himself. I wouldnt like Moyes simply because he's boring and doesnt get on with our best player, Rooney. I'd rather have Rooney than Moyes. i wouldnt like Keane either as he's too volatile. That leaves us with Capello (boring but no-nonsense), Guardiola(if he gets sacked by a Barca board over expecting) and maybe Rijkaard. One thing is certain : Man Utd will never be the same without Sir Alex, and our success will not be the same for a few years. I'd be braced for a less severe Arsenal type situation, but stick with the biggest team in the world and our time will come again
Posted 19:12 28th July 2009
Come on Eric, The King will come back and take charge at the theatre of dreams when fergie retires. Yes Mourinho would be a good replacement for fergie he'll win us trophies however we need someone who knows the fans, club and the city to be a sucess. Yes Cantona hasn't had any managerial experience but fergie could be next to him all of the way to make him into a fantastic manager. Hail King Eric. Kaptian, King.Legend
Posted 19:04 28th July 2009
Get Avram Grant in. He'd be easier to get and he actually got Chelsea to the CL Final. People laughed at him when he joined and managed Chelsea but lets face it, he beat Scolari. Seriously though its still hard to imagine a United without Fergie but if you have to you can see Jose on the touchline and the only other man hat could be considered would be Guardiola but he wont leave Barca in the near future.
Posted 13:18 28th July 2009
Anyone who believes "the special one" should replace SAF should remember Utd's history and tradition of developing youth and playing attacking football. 2 things Jose won't bring to Utd. His appointment as SAF's replacement would be a slap in the face to everything Utd stand for and I can't believe some so called Utd fans would even entertain his appointment.
Posted 13:00 28th July 2009
I don't like the idea because similar to Rafa Benitez, Jose has never really improved a player. He buys them at their peak and insists on restricting their natural ability for the benefit of his rigid formations. The history of Man United is based on spontaneous and risky attacking football. Jose and Rafa firstly don't know how to operate flowing football and win, and secondly wouldn't stand for it because it decreases their personal control. Another point is that Man United has always found and created its own talent, whether it be players or managers. Sir Alex or Sir Matt were hardly household names before they joined United. I hope this trend continues and I hope United use their instincts to pluck another gem from obscurity. I like Owen Coyle as a possible successor.
Posted 12:44 28th July 2009
This has been on the cards a while in my opinion, Mourinho hasn't been happy for a long time in Italy and as he says in his own words, he misses the english game. I only think he would return to manage united or liverpool though. As for the comment by Mr Young regarding Jose being a true Blue, come on, the only true Blue you've got is John Terry and he nearly came to Manchester's 2nd team!!!!
Posted 12:40 28th July 2009
Mourinho is a good manager but i dont think he ticks all the boxes as someone to continue the ethos of what Sir Alex has commited the best years of his life to build. For me the choice would have been Mark Hughes as he has all the tools, however since he signed for City i cant see it anymore. The choice is down to 3: Martin O'Niel, David Moyes or Steve Bruce. The first 2 have had their for and against cases stated already. Steve Bruce is a fantastic man manager, knows the club in and out and would be granted the time to set his style on the club. Moyes for me is the one, given time he will follow Fergie's master plan much like Sir Alex did with Sir Matt Busby. Either way, you will never replace Fergie, just have to reset expectations when he finally retires (hopefully not for a while!)
Posted 12:05 28th July 2009
Personally I do not think that there would be anyone to fill Sir Alex's shoes, he does the job of five men. I would welcome Jose Mourinho as Manager of Man U, if he carries out the policies that Sir Alex has put into place, and that have made Man U a success during his reign, why change a winning formula? I do believe that Jose Mourinho would be great for the club, firstly Man U and Sir Alex had a tough time beating Chelsea when he was at the helm, he is a brilliant tactician and lastly he can deal with players that have big egos. My suggestion is bring him on board in Sir Alex's final year so that he can learn from the best and settle in. I'm for Mr Mourinho!!!
Posted 11:58 28th July 2009
There should be only 3 names in the mix for the United job... Martin O'Neil, David Moyes and Darren Ferguson. Personally I would like to see Fergie Jnr in charge, it keeps the continuety that United have and need, nobody can replace the great man himself but with his son at the helm we keep the Ferguson passion!
Posted 11:39 28th July 2009
Cantona would be great!!! I'd prefer not to see Mourinho at our club, despite his excellence as a manager. The legacy must continue but how?! I say keep it in the United family, bring back a legend!!!
Posted 11:24 28th July 2009
Why would the special one choose man u? simple, his ego is that big and inter are not big enough for him, he loves himself too much, so who could fill SAF boots, answer is no one can be as successful as the master so why not try Martin O Neill, he likes to give youth a chance, doesnt like to spend that big and keeps a low profile, he is his own man and has been successful with Celtic and |Aston Villa, he is as passionate as SAF so is there anyone else really suited, I dont think so...
Posted 10:45 28th July 2009
All great managers adapt to there new team & style, Jose is a great manager!!!!
Posted 10:37 28th July 2009
Firstly, no matter who replaces Sir Alex they wont be able to compete with the amount of succes he brought to Manchester United and the english league so regardless to whoever comes in they will not be as loved because no manager can beat what he has acheived for Manchester United. Jose or not?? Who cares, the situation still remains that Manchester United would not be the same team without Sir Alex. Finally, i dont like G neville, Rio and now Owen!!!!! With A PASSION
Posted 09:41 28th July 2009
We don't want Jose at OT. He is only at every club for a couple of years, "short term glory hunter". He has no track record of sustaining a club at the top level. He is not fit to clean SAF's boots. When he sees any sign of a blip or short term downturn he starts to make noises about leaving. Stay in Milan pal, your not welcome at OT
Posted 09:37 28th July 2009
Alex Ferguson was a known manager when he took over at Manchester United but was by no means a superstar / celebrity like Jose is. Manchester United should appoint a manager who could use Manchester United as a step forward in their career instead of a man like Jose who would treat it as another "name" on his cv. If he did become the manchester United manager would he say he would like to manage real madrid next?? There is no doubt that he would do a good job but for how long. Manchester United deserve another long term manager, someone who will have the hunger to win and win again and again instead of deciding to chase "new challenges" after proving how "special" they are.
Posted 09:36 28th July 2009
I want David Moyes to succeed Sir Fergie. I'm sure Rooney is grown enough to let bygones be bygones and i think that moyesy has the know how to carry on the legacy left by SAF. my only fear is whether he can handle the personalities that are at United, there are not many big ones but most are still bigger than he has had at Everton. i'm sure that is only a minor stumbling block though and with the resources he'll have at his disposal at United he'll certainly do great things there.
Posted 09:34 28th July 2009
When Mourinho was at Chelsea and was deprived of winning the third consecutive title by United, ( a United team which was underrated by almost all the pundits, was so painful to watch talkshows and predictions for the season), the only player we ended up signing was Michael Carrick, nobody was ready to come to United lol (almost everyone going to chelsea, and that by the way, by far is the best Season, United had to fight nail to teeth to win the title), so i was saying ever since that, theres been a discussion that Manchester United plays s3xy football, arsenal plays s3xy football, why cant chelsea, thats the biggest problem if Mourinho comes to United i.e. The style of play ! I personally would love to see him at Oldtrafford, He is a true champion, no doubt, plus the kind of stick he used to give to the media (he was always dominant over the media, a media which is probably the most powerful media in the world) and his jokes are treat to watch, i love his statements and press conferences, the only thing (not the smallest of things) is his style of play, i am not sure if he can manage the free flowing football that United is famous of ... but he can deliver results, no doubt. Plus there will be least interruption from the Owners so i think thats what appeals Mourinho the most, I just hope that if he really does join United, they still be able to play s3xy football !
Posted 09:34 28th July 2009
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