Keith Gillespie believes Mourinho was United's first choice Ferguson replacement

Former Manchester United youth star Keith Gillespie believes that the club wanted Jose Mourinho to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.

Former Manchester United youngster Keith Gillespie believes David Moyes wasn't actually first choice to replace him.

Gillespie, who was a member of the class of 92, added that at the time of Moyes' appointment, he had heard that it was actually Jose Mourinho who United wanted to lead the club forward.

The retired footballer posted the following tweet earlier today:


Whether or not Mourinho was offered the position is unknown, but just weeks following Ferguson's retirement and Moyes' appointment, the Portuguese manager returned to take charge of former club Chelsea, following a mixed spell with Spanish giants Real Madrid.

With Mourinho in between jobs it would have been the best chance for the club to recruit the highly-acclaimed manager. Now back in charge of his beloved Chelsea, he appears to be in the process of building a side that will challenge on all four fronts for many years to come.

Louis Van Gaal is now the boss at Old Trafford and for the next few years he will be rebuilding the club and implementing his own philosophy, before possibly passing on the reigns to his number two, club legend Ryan Giggs.

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