Can Jose Mourinho really walk from Chelsea nightmare straight into the Manchester United job?

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Speculation continues to link the recently sacked Chelsea manager with the job at Manchester United, with Louis van Gaal coming under increasing pressure.

After yet another disappointing display and defeat for Louis van Gaal's Manchester United side, it appears that his job is very much on the line at Old Trafford - with his former assistant from Barcelona in Jose Mourinho being touted as his replacement by several newspaper reports - including one from The Times

Everyone knows Mourinho's pedigree, the man who has brought Champions League success to Porto and Inter Milan, turned Chelsea into a force in the domestic front while also enjoying some success in charge of Real Madrid.

In terms of the CV you would think there is no better person to take over at Manchester United and build on the success of Sir Alex Ferguson - who retired two years ago.

The start of the pressure on Van Gaal came from the side playing pretty turgid football. Results were following but it wasn't the exciting, edge of the seat football provided during the Ferguson days that would provide the several crucial late winners a season, and the comprehensive dismantling of sides that proved to be so successful over the years.  

Mourinho's comfort zone is to ensure his side gets ahead into a position then shut the game down, and it isn't always easy on the eye. Then there is this season at Chelsea, and how an extraordinary collapse in form led to the Champions sitting one point above the relegation zone on his watch. 

How does this blot on his copybook make him more suitable for the job now than when he was overlooked back in 2013 in favour of David Moyes, when according to The Guardian, Mourinho cried at that particular fact.

After such a bruising way to lose his job, most managers would probably opt to take a break, recharge their batteries and come back the following season. His statement following his sacking suggests that is not going to be the case with him, as reported by the BBC

Of course, his stock is still high but he is becoming renowned for having a great short to medium term effect before things end up turning sour. United's great successes have been about longevity under a different style of player than the type Mourinho implements. 

Immediate success to try and keep United at the top of the English game, and back to the summit in Europe could prove vital in the coming years. One thing they don't want to do is fall away altogether, but they are going to need someone that is successful long term. Basically, if they appoint Mourinho, it feels as though they should be searching for his successor almost instantaneously. 

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