Fresh from the disappointment of losing out Renato Sanches to Bayern Munich, Manchester United fans were dealt another blow when rumours emerged from Spain of an arrangement agreed between Jorge Mendes and Valencia to make Jose Mourinho the boss at the Mestalla next season.
Ed Woodward received a lot of criticism for his transfer dealings that saw the club lose out on a talented prospect in Renato Sanches to the lure of Bayern Munich. Only two days after that disappointment, fans’ hopes of seeing Louis Van Gaal sacked in the summer have taken a beating after rumours from Spain emerged about Mourinho agreeing a five-year deal with La Liga’s Valencia.
Since losing his job at Chelsea, Mourinho has been a firm favourite to take up the reigns at Old Trafford from his troubled Dutch counterpart. The Portuguese has long had an eye for the United hot seat since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson and the timing of his availability couldn’t have come at a better time for fans hoping to see the end of Louis Van Gaal’s tenure in the summer. So when two journalists working at Spanish news outlet Punto Pelota broke the story of Mourinho’s possible move to Valencia, it didn’t go down very well with the Old Trafford faithful.
Jordi Anjauma, one of the journalists, tweeted: “A very reliable source informs me Mourinho will sign for Valencia in order to play at Barca and Madrid in the league.”
His colleague Juan Gato added, “The coach rests these days in Ibiza, while his representative Jorge Mendes closed yesterday in Valencia the fringes of signing with Peter Lim – £36million for five seasons.”
This, of course, comes at the back of Mourinho’s comments last night, stating that he will return to management in the summer and a decision regarding his future should be made by the 30th of July. Fans and neutrals alike took to Twitter to make sense of the rumours, with many questioning the authenticity of the claims made by the Spanish journos.
— Shivam Thanvi (@ShivamThanvi) May 12, 2016
Hope those Mourinho to Valencia rumours are just his camp forcing Woodwards hand. Feel sick at the thought of another year of LvG.
— Ryan (@RyanJackson99) May 12, 2016
IF it turns out Mourinho signs for Valencia and Woodward isn’t found brutally beaten or murdered shortly after I’ll be highly disappointed
— Snoochie Boochies (@nerdyred86) May 12, 2016
If Mourinho ends up at Valencia I think I’ll hang myself the struggle is that real
— Cal (@Cal_Longshaw) May 12, 2016
Check Twitter, see Poch signed & 5yr contract extension, Mourinho linked with Valencia, Martinez sacked & we’re still stuck with LVG 😩 #MUFC
— Steve Limb (@steve_limb) May 12, 2016
Absolute scenes when Valencia are pleased to announce Mourinho will be taking over in summer and we keep LVG 🙄
— Delaney (@mark_delaney11) May 12, 2016
However, a sense of normalcy was restored when Guillem Balague falsified the rumours put to work by the journalists at Punto Pelota. It is now being rumoured that the Valencia interest was Jorge Mendes’ way of inviting Ed Woodward into completing a deal for the Portuguese at the earliest.
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) May 12, 2016
There is no truth in the rumours that have been suggesting Jose Mourinho is to take over as Valencia head coach [@GuillemBalague]
— RedReveal (@RedReveal) May 12, 2016
Calm down about the Mourinho to Valencia rumours its just a ploy by his agent Mendes to force the inept #MUFC board into making a decision.
— Manchester United (@MUFC_today) May 12, 2016
Mourinho to Valencia is a two day old story and the Source is not accurate
— MUFC EXCLUSIVE NEWS (@MufcinNews) May 12, 2016