'Sobbing' Mourinho 'tried to get United to change their mind' about David Moyes - report

A remarkable report in a Spanish newspaper will make fascinating reading for Manchester United and Chelsea fans.

So Jose Mourinho wanted the Manchester United job, that is no new rumour - having been floated about before and after Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Not that the 'Special One' would admit it in public of course, for he has always stated his plan was always to return to Chelsea.

So sensational claims in Spanish newspaper El Pais will not please the manager who is now in charge of his second spell at Stamford Bridge.

It claims he was reduced to tears over the decision by Manchester United to hire the inexperienced David Moyes instead of bringing himself in from Real Madrid.

Mourinho had maintained positive relations with Sir Alex Ferguson for the best part of a decade, and it is claimed this and the dealings between United and his agents' Gestifute - who helped them sign Cristiano Ronaldo - would help seal the deal.

The paper writes: "On May 8, 2013 the people who worked for the company for Gestifute, the company's representation in the world of football industry, awoke in a state of excitement unknown. Jose Mourinho kept calling employees . Its partners have heard him loud and in a sobbing voice. The most feared man in the company was demolished."

It goes on: "When he learned that Ferguson had chosen Moyes, the Everton manager, he was struck a fearful disbelief. Moyes had not won a thing!"

The emotional effect the paper claim the decision had on Mourinho is quite remarkable: "That afternoon was preparing to concentrate with the team before playing the 36th game of the season against Malaga at the Bernabeu. He was filled with grief."

But perhaps the most sensational part of the whole report is that Mourinho attempted via his contacts to get United to change their minds over David Moyes: 

"In the morning (he) called Mendes (agent) to liaise with the United urgently. Until the end, he wanted his agent to pressure the English club in an attempt to block any decision. It was an act of desperation. Both knew that Mendes had put Mourinho on the market for a year. David Gill , the United chief executive, held regular talks with Gestifute and was aware of the arrangement of Mourinho. But were not interested in him as manager."

The paper go onto add that Mourinho then launched into a PR operation to save face, telling Portuguese newspaper A Bola that he was offered the job but turned it down.

How accurate the report is will of course be disputed, but it certainly adds a whole lot of colour to the rumours he wanted it in the first place, and extra spice to the relations between the two clubs in the summer.

Will we find out the truth? There is a good chance we may on October 24 when Sir Alex Ferguson's latest autobiography is released. Until then, it will be interesting to see if Mourinho denies the claims or simply ignores them.

What do you make of the reports? United and Chelsea fans do you wish he actually did get the job?


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