Mourinho will be perfect for Man United – Gray

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Former Scotland international, Andy Gray has backed unemployed Jose Mourinho to replace Louis van Gaal as manager of Manchester United.

Mourinho was fired two years into his second spell back at Stamford Bridge on Thursday after a run of poor results and with pressure mounting on Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal, speculation has intensified that he could move to Old Trafford at the summer.

Reports had claimed in the past that the 52-year-old was a contender for the United job when Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 but the role instead went to David Moyes who was later fired ten months into the job.

“I see Mourinho as the only one of the top three or four managers in the world available. You look at the really top names and [Carlo] Ancelotti has gone [to Bayern Munich], Pep Guardiola looks set for Manchester City. Would anyone else be big enough come in? I don’t see anybody,” Gray told talkSPORT.

“The fact that Jose is available has probably rushed them into doing something. I think if Jose was still at Chelsea then Van Gaal would would get little bit more time to sort it out but this might be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get Mourinho, at the right time, into Manchester United. I think there is every chance it could happen.

“Louis is overseeing a club and a side that are not playing with a smile on their faces. I don’t get the impression the players are enjoying it, I know the fans aren’t enjoying watching it, and there is one of the best coaches in world football sitting on his backside, twiddling his thumbs right now. Why wouldn’t one of the biggest clubs in the world be interested in one of the best managers in the world?”