Date: 13th March 2011 at 11:50pm
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Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has been linked with a spectacular return to Stamford Bridge to manage Chelsea once again, but former Blues assistant manager Ray Wilkins believes that the Special One could be Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United.

Wilkins, who played for both clubs as a player, believes that Mourinho possesses the right attributes to take over the hot seat at Old Trafford.

He told The Sunday Express:

“At the minute it’s hard to see Fergie stopping – you only have to look at him jumping up and down on the touchline to know he just adores football.

“He’s in charge of another fantastic Manchester United side and I think if they can keep Giggs and Scholes for one more year they are going to remain very competitive.

“But Fergie is a dear friend of Jose, you know. I would imagine they converse, I would think they are on the phone together every now and then. And I wouldn’t put it past Manchester United that if Sir Alex decided this was time to call it a day that Jose would be the type of guy they would go for.”

Wilkins could well have a point, but considering Mourinho’s position at Real Madrid and his fractious relationship with Jorge Valdano, Real’s general director, at the Santiago Bernabeu, it’s hard to imagine Jose waiting around for Ferguson to retire his post at Old Trafford and, as Wilkins suggested, the Scot has shown no signs that he’ll be giving up the game any time soon.

Where do you think Jose Mourinho’s long-term future lies?

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9 responses to “Former Chelsea No.2 believes Mourinho could end up at Manchester United”

  1. scara says:

    The sooner The Special One-Nil joins Man U the better. Let them experience what it’s like to experience someone who turns a team into the most hated team in the Premiership; who sulks when he can’t have a bottomless kitty to buy only the best; whose ego is so big that he believes he is more important than the owners of the club and thus can only last two seasons at a club leaving them in disarray; who is a habitual excuse-maker even worse than Ferguson; who plays negative football; who as a role model personifies winning regardless of the cost etc.
    Perfect fit really for Man U and the spineless media slaves who lack the creativity to think outside of the soundbite.
    We know how much you crave success at any cost. Get him now Man U…please!
    Good guys can succeed – Viva Carlo Ancelotti Viva

    • Natalie says:

      Do you really think we would be where we are today without Mourinho? In short no! Back to back titles and cups. His arrival at the bridge was perfect timing. Don’t get me wrong he had his faults and his football at times was to negative. The team Carlo inherited was basically Mourinho’s and now that team’s life is ending we are not doing so well. So you’d like to see him at the mancs. Just remember every trophy he wins there, we miss out. Doesn’t sound that good to me.

  2. Sir Cecil says:

    Those quotes from Wilkins are several weeks old. You should re-name this site “Regurgitated News For Those Who Didn’t Read It the First Three Times Around”.

    • Anthony Williams says:

      Sounds catchy.

      But this isn’t a news site, it’s a blog site, the quotes are relevant because people are talking about Mourinho’s future. It’s topical.

  3. Danny says:

    Not too sure that Abramovich would condone Mourinho going to the opposition. Looking at the way he “deals” on his home turf, I am inclined to think this story is a red herring. Wilkins,on the other hand, could be positioning himself for something. How quickly we forgot Stevie Clarke!

    • Anthony Williams says:

      I’ve thought for a while that if he returns to the Premier League that it’s back here or at United.

      The journos have spoken about a potential role at City, but I can’t see him fancying them.

      • Danny says:

        Jose’s choice of course. If his “love” of Chelsea is what he says, and he says he wouldn’t go to direct opposition wherever, then what’s “in it for him” at manure. To be the “chosen one” as Sir Onedayatatime’s protigy? I think not! Mourinjo considers himself better that SirAAA – and they are certainly not “pals” (mutual respect is the euphamism). Journo’s will have SwedeFraud heading our way again soon – its gone very quiet “over there”.
        No Anthony, I think He is headed back our way. Still has a house in Chelsea, Roman bought him “that” car after he left us. Both parties have had time to “mature”. Looking to the future with regard to age and stability (of management),on top of his successes to date, he is the only one that has the “gravitas”.

        I still think that red kneck on the home shirt has us jinxed though!!;)

        • Anthony Williams says:

          I think he could very well be headed back our way. But when he says he wouldn’t manage a rival of a former team, does United count? Sure, we’re competing with them for silverware, but they’re not rivals in the same sense as Spurs and Arsenal are, or how AC Milan is to Inter.

          And haha, do you? I’ve gotten used to it. Our old black and blue hooped away strip was definitely jinxed though. lol

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