Louis van Gaal was sacked by Manchester United yesterday after months of uncertainty around his position as the English Premier League team struggled despite more than $350 million spent on new players during his two years in charge. Mourinho is not known for throwing caution to the wind but fans will hope that under his leadership United will at least never again be ranked top in the Premier League for their high number of backwards passes, as they were under Van Gaal. If a club wants to be competitive in all competitions, having enough squad depth is absolutely essential.
Replacing Alex Ferguson is proving harder than Manchester United could ever have imagined.
Former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel says a lot of people would like Giggs to become a manager one day but said he should now leave Old Trafford.
Even now that van Gaal has waved goodbye to Old Trafford, the former England midfielder just can not resist another dig.
"Guardiola was the one to take", Cantona told The Guardian newspaper. And, of course, he wins things. They have a promising group of young players, they have money and they have senior players who know what it takes to win trophies.
Do you think Mourinho will be successful at United if he takes over?
Mourinho agrees to terms with Man United
Once upon a time, Jose Mourinho was a Manchester United rival when he was the manager at Chelsea.
Van Gaal was dismissed two days after leading United to their first FA Cup win in 12 years when they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 after extra-time in Saturday's Wembley final.
As talks between Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes and the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was set to continue, Old Trafford legend Eric Cantona questioned whether he was the right man for the job.
The future of the club's most decorated player is uncertain, with reports suggesting the former winger is considering ending his near 29-year association with the club.
The Portuguese have an incredible home record throughout his illustrious career as a manager and Mourinho will expect to maintain that form during his tenure at United. Whatever he decides, it's down to him and, whatever he decides, I think that will be the right decision.
"He's been a magnificent player there but he has to do what is best for him now and I think what's best for him is to go". "I'll always be very thankful to him for that", he added. It is believed that major transfer decisions are now referred to America for consultation with the Glazer family, which has previously brought about delays in United's attempts to sign players.