Axed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to manage Manchester United next and his representatives have sounded out the possibility, according to reports.
Mourinho, who officially left Stamford Bridge via mutual consent, is out of work after the champions parted company with him on Thursday after nine Premier League defeats already this season.
And the 52-year-old is already eyeing his next job and, according to ESPN FC sources close to the Portuguese boss they suggest that he has set his sights on the top job at Old Trafford.
United boss Louis van Gaal is under increasing pressure due to their negative style of play and after dropping out of the Champions League the chances of the Dutchman seeing out his contract in 2016-17 are slimming by the day.
It’s also believed that the attitude to Mourinho from the United board has eased after there was huge resistance in 2013 when Mourinho was a contender to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former Porto and Real Madrid chief is believed to have wanted the job when Ferguson retired, but key officials at United felt the controversy and style of play would not fit with United’s ethos.
Sir Bobby Charlton was one of Mourinho’s main detractors and he and other board members are reportedly keen on Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola. But with rivals Man City believed to be leading the race for the Catalan, Mourinho might well be the best alternative.
United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward also has a good relationship with Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes, who has already begun sounding out options.