‘New Mourinho’ in Man Utd ‘plans’ as they search for next boss

Joe Williams
Former Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho looks frustrated

Man Utd are interested in making Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim their next permanent manager, according to reports in Spain.

The 36-year-old played 14 times for Portugal during a nine-year spell as a Benfica midfielder before moving on to coaching after retiring four years ago.

Successful short spells at Casa Pia and Braga saw Sporting Lisbon take a chance on the young manager last year with his side currently sitting second in the Primeira Liga, six points behind Porto.

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His side have only lost two matches in the Portuguese top division this season and now reports claim that Man Utd could be interested in making him their new permanent boss.

The Red Devils appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim boss at the end of November after Man Utd sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier in the month.

Rangnick’s side recently moved into fourth place in the Premier League as they look to qualify for the Champions League.

It is very unlikely Rangnick will be kept on as permanent boss with the German set to move upstairs into a two-year consultancy role, while he will reportedly help Man Utd choose their next manager.

And now Spanish publication Nacional claim that Man Utd are interested in the ‘new Jose Mourinho’ with the newspaper insisting that Amorim ‘is in Manchester United’s plans’.

It is understood that the Premier League side ‘are already asking’ about Amorim with Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino ‘the other alternative’.

Nacional claim Sporting Lisbon have found ‘a coach who can be the successor’ to Mourinho, who is one of the greatest managers of all time, despite his recent troubles at Roma and Tottenham.

Amorim is ready to move to ‘a more ambitious team’ and has ‘has offers for it’ with a move to Man Utd a possibility in the summer.

Meanwhile, Rangnick has confirmed Harry Maguire will continue to captain Man Utd for the rest of the season.

Maguire has been below par of late and reports on Friday suggested he could be removed from the role as captain, with Cristiano Ronaldo instead donning the armband for the remainder of the campaign.

“Well, to start with I must say that this is absolutely nonsense,” Rangnick said.

“I have never spoken with any player about a possible change of captaincy and Harry’s fully aware of that and so is Cristiano and all the other players.

“This has never been an issue for me. It’s me who decides who is the captain and therefore there’s no reason for me to speak about that with any other person.

“Harry is our captain and he will stay our captain until the end of the season and there is nothing else to add onto that.”