Manchester United blocked Jose Mourinho’s short term appointment by FC Porto doesn’t this prove the club went behind Louis van Gaal’s back?
FC Porto has revealed that they moved to bring Jose Mourinho back to the club in 2015. But Manchester United stopped it.
In fact, the club’s president said that he had an agreement with the former boss to take temporary charge of the club back at the halfway point of the 2015/16 season.
Much was made of Louis van Gaal’s dismissal from United. His departure was all but confirmed after he lifted the FA Cup with the Red Devils.
While the club has always denied going behind their then manager’s back. The Dutch legend has always insisted he felt he was knifed in the back by Ed Woodward.
Speaking to Porto’s official YouTube channel, Pinto Da Costa reveals the fine details that put United in an awkward position.
“We were without a coach in the middle of the season.”
“I approached Mourinho, who had a contract with Manchester United but he was only going to start the following season.”
“I asked if he could come until the end of the season before his move to Manchester.”
“It seemed impossible. But not for him, he said yes.”
“There was a cup final at the time, a league cup final and he said he was coming.”
“But Manchester United did not authorize it as they argued that we could be opponents in a European competition.”
“Mourinho was available to spend half a season at Porto in an emergency.”
The mere fact we are talking ‘half the season’ means as early as December and no later than Januray.
Assuming that Da Costa is telling the truth, we wonder how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels reading about his directors and board’s underhandedness?