Mourinho set to become Man United manager this week.

Louis van Gaal has appeared to have taken charge of Manchester United for the last time following his FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace yesterday. The Red Devils’ performances under the Dutchman have been sub-par to what the club expects, having been a dominant side for two decades.

Rumours emerged that months ago that José Mourinho would be the replacement. One street vendor outside Old Trafford last January went as far as selling Manchester United scarves with the Portuguese’s image across it along with the words “The Special One”. Now multiple reports suggest that the 53-year-old will indeed be taking over in the hot seat for the red half of Manchester.

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Mourinho is box-office. A proven winner, he’s one of the most recognizable figures in the game. His unbeaten home record alone from 2002 until 2011 is phenomenal. And no doubt, most, if not all, Man United fans will welcome this appointment.

But it’s an appointment that some will no doubt be cautious of. From his parking the bus with Inter Milan to eye-gouging the late Tita Vilanova when at Real Madrid. And from his infamous public bust up with Chelsea physio Eva Carneiro to being sacked by The Blues … twice (the second time was following a string of unusually poor results which left his beloved Chelsea just above the relegation zone), José Mourinho, to some, has as many cons as he does pros.

Interesting times ahead at Old Trafford, that’s for sure.

 

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