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Jose Mourinho wants to return to Man Utd 

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Maverick football manager, Jose Mourinho is reportedly considering a sensational return to Manchester United, the club that sacked him in 2018 before his current sack by Serie A club, AS Roma.

The Self-proclaimed ‘special one’ Jose Mourinho is currently out of work following his Roma sacking, but is now thought to be plotting a return to Manchester United

According to UK publication, Mirror, the 61 year old has reportedly ‘made it his mission’ to take charge of United once again before he calls his time on what has been an illustrious career.

Mourinho has kept a keen eye on recent proceedings and is impressed by the new football operations, spearheaded by INEOS chief Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sir Dave Brailsford.

He spent just over two years at Old Trafford, having been appointed in the summer of 2016 only to be given the boot in December of 2018. Within that period, he guided the club to a Europa League title and Carabao Cup triumph.

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During his reign, relations between Mourinho and those above him in the hierarchy are thought to have become strained. The Portuguese coach was often left frustrated by missing out on key transfer targets and having to opt for alternatives he didn’t really want.

If the extraordinary does occur and current United boss Erik ten Hag is ousted from his post in place of Mourinho, the ‘special one’ could be in for some awkward reunions.

Late last year, he told Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel’s podcast that some players he didn’t deem motivated enough during his tenure are still at the club.

Mourinho claimed: “There are still people in that club., when I say people I mean some players but also some other people that are not players, that are still there when I told United after two months: ‘with these people you are never going to do it. And they are still there.’”

He famously never saw eye-to-eye with the likes of Luke Shaw or Anthony Martial, both of whom remain at the club. Though it must be said that the latter is expected to depart following the end of his contract this summer.

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An underwhelming season so far for United has heaped pressure on Ten Hag, with the Red Devils currently languishing all the way down in eighth. The club are out of Europe and the League Cup, meaning their final hopes of silverware rest on the FA Cup.

 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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