Jose Mourinho has reportedly told his friends he would have resigned over Manchester United’s transfer woes if he was in charge of any of their rivals.
Mourinho is facing the biggest test of his time in charge at United after a turbulent summer that has left him at odds with Old Trafford chief Ed Woodward and record signing Paul Pogba.
According to The Mirror, the 55-year-old has become increasingly annoyed after the club failed to support him by signing his preferred transfers this summer, and said: ‘Any other job at any other club and I would have quit.’
Mourinho spent more than £70million on Brazil midfielder Fred, Portuguese right back Diogo Dalot and reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant.
However the Portuguese boss was keen to sign a new centre half but was unsuccessful in bringing Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, Leicester’s Harry Maguire, Everton’s Yerry Mina and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin to Old Trafford.
Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane told his friends that he expects to be offered the United job if Mourinho is sacked.
United have publicly backed Mourinho and played down speculation in France that Zidane could replace him.
‘Why would we discuss him when there is no job available?’ said a senior source earlier this week.
However, it’s understood that the Old Trafford hierarchy recognise the need for a contingency plan if Mourinho’s position becomes untenable.
Zidane believes he is the leading candidate to take over and has told associates that he would be very interested in managing United.
Mourinho faces a crucial game at home to Tottenham on Monday night as he tries to prevent the current problems at United escalating into a full-blown crisis.