A year ago Jose Mourinho was spiralling towards the sack at Manchester United. He held off until December before finally being dismissed.
Mourinho has remained out of work, biding his time for the right opportunity to relaunch his managerial career.
Now it is looking increasingly likely that he could end up back at Real Madrid, where he managed between 2010 and 2013.
Zinedine Zidane’s second stint in charge there has been a big disappointment. They drew 2-2 at home to Club Brugges on Tuesday night and key summer signings have flopped.
The Times report Mourinho ‘is waiting’ for Zidane to be fired and wants the Real Madrid job. Real president Florentino Perez is also said to be keen on the idea and is considering a change.
This could help United
United should be taking note of developments at the Bernabeu with interest.
Real held big interest in signing Paul Pogba in the summer, and if Mourinho goes back there, their chances of signing the United midfielder will take a massive hit.
Mourinho and Pogba fell out at United and this preceded his downfall. Pogba was benched in Mourinho’s final few games including the loss to Liverpool.
The bitterness was still evident in April with Mourinho referring to Pogba as ‘His Excellency’ in a sarcastic interview [Telegraph], discussing behind the scenes problems.
It would be hard to see Pogba and Mourinho sanctioning a second link up. At a club where pressures are as high and impatient as Madrid, it would be a recipe for disaster.
Pogba’s disenchantment with United’s direction has been made clear, but he will not have many options if a Real Madrid move is off the table.
The Mirror reported last month that United are considering offering Pogba a new contract. If Mourinho does head back to Real, United should have a new deal on the table for Pogba the very next day.
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