Well may Manchester United fans pine for Jose Mourinho — the chorus just got louder after the Red Devils’ morale-crushing 1-2 defeat against FC Midtjylland in Europa League on Thursday — it seems the Portuguese has his sights set on an Inter Milan return.
So desperate are fans after United slumped to a defeat against Danish minnows that haven’t played a competitive match in two months, some are calling for Mourinho to take charge in the very next fixture: an FA Cup clash against Shrewsbury on Monday (Tuesday IST).
Since he was sacked for the second time by Chelsea, Mourinho has been heavily tipped to take over from a struggling Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. The pressure increased on the club to sign a marquee name ever since crosstown rivals Manchester City roped in Pep Guardiola from Bayern Munich for the 2016-17 season.
United have not refuted or endorsed the rumours on Mourinho but if the club had a desire to sign the Special One they may have left it for too late since according to a report in Evening Standard. The ex-Chelsea coach is expected to meet Inter Milan chiefs on Saturday before watching their game against Sampdoria.
Mourinho had guided the Italian giants to a domestic double and the Champions League (The Treble) in 2010 and remains a very popular figure in Italy. Massimo Moratti, club president during that era and still an influential figure at the Serie A outfit, has personally invited Mourinho, according to the report.
Though the Special One has stressed that he intends to stay in England, his ties with the San Siro club remains strong.
Roberto Mancini, the ex-Manchester City boss now in charge on Inter is under increasing pressure after a poor run of form saw his team slump to fifth in Serie A table, a slide which may invite the wrath of the club’s new owner Erick Thohir.
Though Manicini has ruled out any immediate threat to his job, coaches have been sacked on flimsier grounds.
According a report in Express.co.uk, Moratti has revealed that the 53-year-old will be back.
“I think Mourinho will be at San Siro on Saturday evening,” Moratti told Italian outlet ANSA. “A gift for the fans? It’s him who likes to come to Milan.
“We’d scheduled a lunch either here or in London, and we took the opportunity of the Sampdoria match to see each other,” he was quoted, as saying in the report.
The Portuguese has reportedly declined an offer from Spanish giants Real Madrid and Italian Serie A club Roma, said a report in the Sun.
But his accepting Moratti’s invitation is an indication that the Portuguese is growing impatient at United’s failure to act and make a formal approach for his services. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward retains faith in the struggling Van Gaal, adds the report.
First Published On : Feb 19, 2016 13:59 IST