Jose Mourinho has not written to Manchester United in a bid to become their next manager, insists the agent of the Portuguese.
The pressure on current United boss Louis van Gaal looks set to increase over the coming days, following the 1-0 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday afternoon. Not only was this the 11th successive match at Old Trafford in which the home side have failed to score, but more of an issue is the result leaves them five points adrift of fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur.
Mourinho has long since been considered as a potential United manager of the future, none more so since his departure from Chelsea earlier this season. And the Independent claim the 52-year-old has even written a six-page letter to the club outlining why he would be a good option to become their next boss, including his opinions on the current squad and his plans for the future.
However, whilst United are yet to respond to these reports, Mourinho’s agent has wasted no time in denying such a letter has been sent. Just hours after the report broke, Jorge Mendes wrote on www.gestifute.com: “It does not occur to anyone that a coach like Jose Mourinho can write letters to clubs offering their services. It is absolutely ridiculous and totally absurd.”
It had been claimed by the Independent that Mourinho assured the Manchester club that he would change his previous fashion of play to adopt a more attacking style, which is something van Gaal has failed to do. The Dutch coach was booed by the supporters as he trudged off the pitch following the defeat to the Saints, and speaking after the match, he couldn’t blame them.
“You cannot say they are not right,” he said. “They are right, and of course they are disappointed and have the right to boo me, but we have to stick together in this period because we have a lot injuries. It was not good today. It was a poor game. We could not create chances and our opponent had also few chances, so it’s more or less a 0-0 game, but at the end we have lost.”