Former Aston Villa, Liverpool and England star Stan Collymore has suggested that Jose Mourinho could be a viable option for Manchester United if they wanted to replace David Moyes this summer.
Moyes has been under intense pressure throughout the season with rumours circulating that he was facing the sack after a poor performance from his United side away in the Champions League at Olympiakos.
While rubbishing the suggestion that Moyes could be sacked in mid-season, Collymore suggested in a live Google+ Hangout for Bleacher Report that he believes United could go after Mourinho if they sacked Moyes in the summer.
“If the Manchester United job comes up in the summer – if there was a clear run at whoever they wanted – I would go for Mourinho all day – although he’s back at Chelsea and although he doesn’t talk about winning the title until next year – I honestly believe – that he is desperate to manage Manchester United,” said Collymore.
There are an awful lot of ifs in that first section of quotes and huge obstacles which wouldn’t be easy for United to overcome.
There’s still a fraction of a chance that Moyes can guide United to a top four finish and turn things around in the Champions League against Olympiakos.
That’s not even taking into account how difficult it would be to prise Mourinho away from Chelsea, a club where he’s widely respected and loved, especially if he wins silverware by the end of the season.
Turning his back on the Blues after one season in his second spell in charge has the potential to alienate several fans and backers who have always admired and adored him.
“If it was a moral dilemma that Mourinho was faced with; you either extricate yourself from this Chelsea contract or you stay here, I honestly believe that Manchester United is a very viable option for Jose Mourinho in the summer if they were to sack David Moyes,” added Collymore.
Mourinho never made any attempt to hide his respect and admiration for Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United last season but he’s a professional coach and Chelsea are not a play thing.
As much as Collymore may believe it’s possible, it’s equally as doubtful.
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