For all intents and purposes, it would appear on the face of it that Manchester United are still ultimately undecided on the identity of the man who should lead the club next season. Louis van Gaal remains in the job despite a desperately disappointing term at United’s helm, and rumours of Jose Mourinho either taking over or having a strong desire for the job have been incessant since the Portuguese was fired by Chelsea last December. Fans clamouring for the club to move for ‘The Special One’ will be less than calmed at the news of another potential suitor for Mourinho’s talents presenting themselves.
Mark Ogden writes in The Telegraph that a fourth successive Champions League quarter final elimination has left PSG boss Laurent Blanc’s job less-than secure. After Manchester City’s 3-2 aggregate defeat of the Ligue 1 champions on Tuesday night, and with the club’s owners increasingly focused on achieving European success to go with their domestic dominance, Blanc noted that ‘the buck stops with me. When we lose, I take responsibility.’
Despite Van Gaal’s position as United manager appearing untenable at several points this season, 2016 has been filled with conflicting reports from various outlets and journalists who either claim that Mourinho has been guaranteed the job or has yet to be contacted. Should the latter reflect the truth, then United have serious competition for Portuguese’s signature; PSG could offer him a bumper contract, an opportunity to win a domestic league in a 5th different country and Champions League football. One thing is for sure; if United’s board are considering turning to Mourinho as Van Gaal’s replacement, they may need to hasten their approach.