According to ESPN FC, Jose Mourinho is keen to replace Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United. Having missed out on the job following Sir Alex Fergusona s retirement in 2013, Van Gaala s inability to steer Manchester United to the top of the table could pave the way for Mourinhoa s appointment at Old Trafford.

According to the report, Mourinhoa s representatives are already working on bringing the Portuguese manager to Old Trafford. The Portuguese was reportedly disappointed after being overlooked by Ferguson in 2012 with journalist Diego Torres claiming that then Real Madrid manager was close to tears following David Moyes’ appointment.

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Van Gaal must fail for Mourinho to succeed

However, the ex-Chelsea manager cuts a divisive figure at Manchester United, with Sir Bobby Charlton previously questioning his credentials as a a United managera . With Louis Van Gaala s current contract due to expire in 2017, Mourinho’s candidature is likely to depend on his mentora s ability to turn things around at Old Trafford.

While Louis van Gaal expressed his surprise at Mourinhoa s sacking, the Dutchman admitted that he runs the risk of losing his job if Manchester United continue their poor run of form. United havena t won a single game in their last 5 fixtures with the fans clearly dissatisfied with Van Gaala s a philosophya .

The Question of Pep Guardiola

Manchester United have also been linked with Pep Guardiola, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal too chasing the current Bayern Munich manager. However, reports suggest that Manchester City is leading the race for Guardiola which could force United to consider Mourinho as a serious candidate for the job at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal must fail for Mourinho to succeed

Van Gaal must fail for Mourinho to succeed

Though questions have been asked regarding Mourinhoa s playing style, his ability to win trophies will make him an irresistible prospect considering Uniteda s current predicament.