Mail Sport broke the shock news on Wednesday that Jose Mourinho is keen on making what would be a sensational - if somewhat unlikely - return to Manchester United.
Sources close to the Portuguese manager, who was sacked by Roma earlier this month, say he feels he has ‘unfinished business’ after leaving Old Trafford in December 2018 and ‘has made it his mission’ to take charge again should the opportunity arise at some point in the future - as revealed on Mail Sport's It's All Kicking Off podcast.
Mourinho is also said to be keen to work with the new regime at United, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS taking over football operations as part of the petrochemicals billionaire’s 25 per cent investment in the club.
Mourinho took charge at United in 2016 following the departure of Louis van Gaal. He lifted the Europa League and Carabao Cup in his first season and followed that up with a second-placed finish in the Premier League the following year, although they did come a distant 19 points behind rivals City.
He signed a contract extension that ran to 2021 but tension grew between himself and those in positions of power, especially after the club missed out on a series of transfer targets and he was sacked following a defeat to Liverpool.
Jose Mourinho is keen to return for a second spell at Man United after being sacked in 2018
Mourinho's time at Old Trafford was not undecorated, with the former Inter Milan and Chelsea manager lifting the Europa League trophy (pictured) and the Carabao Cup
To the end, Mourinho retained the backing of United’s matchday following - although there was a sense of inevitability over his departure.
There is no doubt Mourinho is one of the biggest names in the game and since news broke of the 61-year-old's desire to return to Old Trafford, Mail Sport readers have been debating what a potential second spell could be like.
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However, some were vastly against a potential Mourinho return and felt it would be a bad move, as one said: 'I would stop supporting United if they reinstated Jose, just NO. He is only after lining his own pockets with his severance pay (which is) why he eventually got sacked.
'He has been sacked from every team he's managed. I think the Portugal job is for him now. He needs to stay out of the UK football scene.'
Another fumed: 'Not in a thousand years. I'm sure they would go for someone younger and with more recent success. Jose takes them nowhere.'
Further supporters piled in, as one claimed the way Mourinho goes about his business is not what United need right now.
They said: '1. His defensive football style is not what we want to go back to. 2. He doesn't bring through young players, preferring to buy tried and tested players, (which is) what we are trying to get away from.
'3. Although he was right to want to get rid of Pogba and Martial, he also wanted to get rid of Shaw. 4. We don't need his antics distracting from the football and getting himself sent off.
'5. He does win cups but we want Premier League and Champions League trophies that he can no longer deliver. He is great telly, so Newcastle can have him.'
Tensions grew between Mourinho and the club's hierarchy in the run-up to his United sacking
The 61-year-old is currently out of work after being sacked by Roma earlier this month
Several fans were strongly against Mourinho returning to Old Trafford for a second spell
Others went even further, insisting Mourinho coming back to Old Trafford could lead to them taking their allegiances elsewhere.
An infuriated fan added: 'He's obviously looking for his next victim for yet another severance package. The guy must have collected 30 years worth of salary over the last 12 years.
'United need to move on from a guy who lumbered them with the likes of Lindelof, Dalot, Fred, Alexis Sanchez, Pogba and Lukaku, even if you can blame Ed Woodward for the most part.'
Another supporter chimed in with their opinion, also criticising Mourinho's record in the market as they said: 'He was utter trash. Their mistake was getting rid of Louis van Gaal for him. Look at his signings - Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Pogba, Fred, Bailly.... need I go on? Total waster, a has been.'
Current United boss Erik ten Hag has looked under threat at points during a tumultuous season
But others felt Mourinho would help both the Premier League and United achieve success
However, others felt Mourinho returning to the top flight would be exactly what the Premier League needs.
One said: 'Mourinho will bring back the oomph to the Premier League. Without him, top star managers will leave like Klopp and soon-to-be Pep.'
Other supporters also felt he was the man to bring success back to United under Ratcliffe and Ineos as they said: 'As a red I would take Jose back in a minute. The players let him down, Pogba etc. Come back and have another go. Two trophies before so there was success.'
Another chimed in: 'Mourinho was the best thing that happened to United. He wins. He's not there to be liked. He tells the players what he thinks and they don't like it. United need this type of manager.'
A final fan said: 'Great experience, the final countdown for him... give it a go... there wouldn't be a dull moment... trust me on that one.'
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