With Inter Milan’s success in the Nou Camp on Wednesday evening, Jose Mario dos Santos Felix Mourinho has the chance to equal the same number of Champions League titles as Sir Alex Ferguson. Following a direct and solid defensive performance against the reigning champions; Barcelona, nobody would bet against ‘The Special One’ turning up the heat in Madrid on May 22nd and jumping one final hurdle to claim his second trophy in the competition.
Having lead his Inter Milan team quite comfortably through the season, which they will almost certainly win, Mourniho has set his sights on joining that selective group of double winners. But what is more important is if he wins he will almost certainly be guaranteed the heir apparent role at Old Trafford.
With Sir Alex set to retire at the end of next season, at least according to several leading newspaper, the void to be left is not just a big one, but could quite possibly be the biggest loss since the Persian army marched against King Leonidas and his three-hundred Spartians. In the eyes of many Manchester United faithful, the only possible replacement could be Mourinho, flanked by Roy Keane, Eric Cantona and Peter Schmeichel, though you will perhaps struggle to get the latter trio in a room together, but Mourinho could certainly be tempted. Often asked about a possible managerial role at the most expensive club in the world, he replied,” Who can say no?” And according to BBC’s Sports Writer – Phil McNulty, who is even more confident, “He will be United’s next manager once Sir Alex decides to abdicate.”
Ferguson was recently asked about whether he saw Everton’s David Moyes or Aston Villa‘s Martin O’Neil as possible replacements, but Sir Alex refused to comment, but of Mourinho he has spoken very softly towards and famously they have even shared a few bottles of Claret together. “I think it was a great loss to the game when he went,” speaking after Jose’s departure from Chelsea in 2007.