The one scenario where Abramovich would let United have Mourinho?

Is it possible that Chelsea owner would actually be willing to allow Manchester United to talk to Jose Mourinho?

One of the biggest jobs in European football is currently vacant as Manchester United are in need of a manager and, unlike 12 months ago, there is no heir apparent.

Previously, Sir Alex Ferguson named his successor - David Moyes - however, after an underwhelming period that has resulted in loss after loss, tactical failings and inept transfer market dealings, Moyes had his contract terminated and the club are now on the prowl for a replacement.

Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow recently told Sky Sports that there should be a firm recruitment policy in place where any prospective manager must satisfy numerous requirements. 1: to have a proven track record in at least one major league and 2: to have achieved success at a big club.

If this was followed last year, Purslow mused, then United may not be in the situation they currently find themselves in.

Numerous targets have been identified that would meet the aforementioned two requirements: Louis van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp, however, the latter has ruled himself out, Carletto seems content at Real Madrid leaving just van Gaal as the realistic choice.

One suggestion, Jose Mourinho, was immediately laughed off by members of the press and even fans, yet is the nomination of the Portuguese as ludicrous as it sounds?

Mourinho, of course, would have keenly accepted a role at Old Trafford had it been available when he was at Real Madrid and only sentiment would keep him at Chelsea.

His relationship with owner Roman Abramovich currently seems sweet but it has previously been embittered and could potentially sour in the future. Considering Abramovich has sought out managers who adhere to attack-happy tactics in the past, namely - Pep Guardiola, would he have enjoyed watching Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid last night?

If ever Abramovich had assurances that a manager who approaches matches with an attacking ethic were available on the market, then he may be willing to allow Manchester United to talk to Mourinho.

The one man he would perhaps readily replace Mourinho with - Guardiola at Bayern Munich - seems to be at his club for the long-term, though.

"I'm at Bayern and I signed for three years," said Pep at a press conference yesterday. "I feel that we can still improve. I changed my Catalan culture for German and that wasn't easy. And I need time. I still have a job to do, I'm comfortable here and people respect my work. I want to stay here."

The club's press agent gave an even firmer riposte to the media questions: "Tell the people in England no chance!"

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