Manchester United: Mourinho wanted rival job; Giggs wanted by Swansea; transfer bidding war imminent
Whilst speaking to TalkSport, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has revealed that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was desperate to be appointed as Liverpool boss in the summer of 2004, only for the club to opt for Rafa Benitez instead and Mourinho to head to Chelsea. At the time, Mourinho had just won the Champions League with Porto but the Anfield outfit were concerned that he had only proven himself in Portugal.
Mourinho is now in the Old Trafford dugout and has not enjoyed the eaisest of starts to life in Manchester, with three defeats in his eight competitive games played so far, despite having secured the signatures of almost all of his top summer transfer targets. With Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all coming into the club for expensive fees, expectations at the club are high and the Portuguese manager could soon find himself under increasing pressure if results don’t pick up, despite claims he has alienated some members of the squad over his treatment of Luke Shaw.
One of his first major decisions at the club was to decide to part ways with club legend Ryan Giggs to put an end to a 29 year association between the club and the Welshman as a player, assistant manager and caretaker manager. The Daily Mail claim that Swansea are keen on making him their manager as they consider whether or not to fire Francesco Guidolin after a poor start to the season has seen the Swans sit 15th in the Premier League after five games played, with this weekend’s clash against Manchester City possibly the final nail in the coffin for the Italian.
The retired winger proved a popular assistant manager alongside Louis Van Gaal during the Dutchman’s time at the club, winning the FA Cup last season, and had harboured hopes of being appointed permanently before Mourinho was chosen. Now, he hopes to find a managerial role elsewhere to garner experience for a possible return to Old Trafford as manager.
The club are also set to face a tough transfer battle in their pursuit of Portuguese winger Bruma, claim A Bola. The 21-year-old has been in fine form for Galatasaray with one goal and one assist in his first four games this season after a loan spell at Real Sociedad last term. Now, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham are believed to be tracking the wide man in hope of bringing the Euro 2016 star to the Premier League.
It seems hard to imagine where Bruma would fit into a United line-up, but the youngster has pace to burn which is something that the first team is desperately lacking with one or two exceptions, with many pundits commenting that the United attack lacks the pace to become a real threat in the race for the Premier League title this season given recent results providing a setback to the club’s hopes.
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