Graeme Souness: Why Man United won’t appoint Jose Mourinho
Graeme Souness explains why Manchester United should appoint Jose Mourinho as their next manager
Manchester United won’t appoint Jose Mourinho as Louis van Gaal’s successor if the Red Devils change their manager, according to Graeme Souness.
The 52-year-old head coach has emerged as a potential contender to replace Van Gaal if United decide to axe the Dutchman following Saturday’s surprise 2-1 defeat by Norwich City at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
Chelsea sacked their legendary manager on Thursday afternoon after Mourinho’s Blues side suffered their ninth Premier League defeat of the season in a 2-1 loss to Leicester City at King Power Stadium last week.
However, Souness highlighted how United snubbed Mourinho as a potential replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 ahead of Mourinho’s return to Chelsea.
“I’m not sure [if Mourinho will be the next manager],” Souness told Sky Sports.
“I go back to the last time Jose was muted to be going there and Sir Bobby Charlton came out and said ‘no way’. Sir Alex Ferguson is a fan. How big a fan? I don’t really know.
“But the reasons Sir Bobby Charlton gave a few years go would still be there.”
Van Gaal was named as David Moyes’s replacement in 2014.
The Red Devils crashed out of the Champions League earlier this month after a 3-2 loss to Wolfsburg.
United are in fifth place and nine points behind leaders Leicester City.