Is Mourinho telling the truth about Manchester United job?

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he never thought about taking charge of Manchester United.

The self-proclaimed Special One was heavily linked with potential interest in taking the reigns from Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford one day – until that day became one day in May last year when the legendary Red Devils boss retired after 26 years in charge.

The Special One instead returned to Chelsea welcomed back with open arms by the club and the fans as the Chosen One, David Moyes, succeeded Ferguson at the Premier League champions.

"I don't know if Sir Alex thought of me for United or not," Mourinho told The Sun.

"The point is he clearly knew I wanted to go to Chelsea. I spoke with him after we (Real Madrid) knocked United out of the Champions League last season and I told him what I wanted to do - that Chelsea is what I wanted, that was the direction I wanted to go."

Whilst Mourinho insists he never intended to take a job at Manchester United, there are those who would suggest there’ no smoke without fire – where exactly did the rumours to the contrary come from?

For starters, Mourinho was becoming increasingly unpopular in Spain and was looking for a position elsewhere – it was clear Real Madrid would part company with him at the end of last season after what was ultimately a disappointing term in the Spanish capital marred by controversy.

Back when Real Madrid beat Manchester United in the Champions League knockout rounds last term, Mourinho asserted his belief “the best side lost” which is somewhat out of character for him.

He was markedly respectful and humble throughout the two-legged tie and the media proceeding that surrounded it last year, leading a number of journalists to conclude he was ‘auditioning’ or ‘applying’ for the job.

Meanwhile, speculation he was at the very least interested in the job at United continued this season as Spanish journalist Diego Torres claimed Mourinho was devastated to have been overlooked by Ferguson in what he described as ‘an earthquake’ following the conceived betrayal – he even claims Mourinho ‘sobbed’.

I suppose it’s always best to hear it from the horse’s mouth, as they say, and from Mourinho we have the final word that he never considered it but with so much of the press across the continent suggesting otherwise, it’s hard to not to be a little bit sceptical as to whether Jose Mourinho is telling the truth.

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