Manchester United could announce Jose Mourinho’s appointment earlier than planned.
As soon as Man United won the FA Cup, news started filtering in from reputed media sources that Man United and Jose Mourinho have agreed a deal in principle to make him the new man in-charge of Manchester United. Jorge Mendes, his agent, was supposed to fly into Manchester on Tuesday and make the deal official.
After a slight bump in the road with regard to Mourinho’s image rights, which were held by Chelsea and is now resolved, Manchester United are well on their way to making the appointment official.
However, United could have a PR debacle on their hands. While Mourinho was ideally going to have his first press conference as a Manchester United manager after the Euros, he is expected to manage the team on June 5 for a Soccer Aid game. While the match itself may not be a problem, there is a media day on June 2 where he will definitely be asked about his plans for the team.
The best case scenario for Manchester United would be to have the press conference after the Euros. But since they will have no control over the proceedings on June 2, their best bet is to announce the appointment soon and arrange a press conference before June 2.
Several media outlets have felt no restraints in linking players like Willian, Nemanja Matic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Radja Nainggolan, Joao Mario and at least half a dozen other players as potential Mourinho targets. Clearly, the one thing that the rumor mills have got right is the fact that this transfer window is expected to be another busy window for Manchester United as they are expected to make wholesale changes to the squad which needs serious repair work if it were to challenge for the title anytime in the near future.
Manchester United fans would hope that Jose Mourinho could build on their recent silverware addition after an absence of 3 years.