Mourinho’s Real Madrid reunion? Manchester United boss certain Perez will give call him back
- Updated: December 6, 2018
Third season syndrome: The term is a quite popular analogy associated with Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho, mainly because he seems to lose all track of his team by the third term of his management. At United, he is currently facing his worst ever start to a Premier League campaign, just managing to stay in the top ten, and the only team alongside Brighton to have a negative goal difference in the top half. However, Jose Mourinho seems confident that of receiving a call-up from his former recruiter Florentino Perez to save him from his misery.
Jose Mourinho’s first season with Real Madrid earned him the Copa del Rey, the second season saw the Los Blancos win La Liga and broke a number of records including 100 points in a single season, 121 goals scored, a goal difference of +89, 16 away wins, and 32 overall wins. By the third season, Mourinho had spats with Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas, finished the season without a trophy and eventually resigned on mutual consent.
He returned to Chelsea for the second time in 2013, only to face a similar fate. He ended his first season without a trophy, won the Premier League and League Cup in his second season and again lost his dressing room in the third season leaving Chelsea with mutual consent.
In his spell at Manchester United, Mourinho won the FA Community Shield in his first season, the Europa League in the second, and is going through a crisis with the club and Paul Pogba. Recent reports in Spain suggest that Florentino Perez, who has been an admirer of Jose Mourinho for long, is considering an option to get him back on board. Real Madrid lost their ultra-dominant touch when Zidane resigned earlier this year and Cristiano left for Juventus after winning three back-to-back Champions League titles. Julen Lopetegui failed to prove his worth after a 5-1 battering to Barcelona that led to his sacking and Santiago Solari still has a long way to make it into the heart of Madrid supporters. Although Solari has more than years on his contract, many believe he will be ousted by the end of this season.
Jose Mourinho has publicly stated his desire to see out the remaining 18 months of his contract at United and even extend beyond 2020. But his never-ending spat with Paul Pogba and public criticism of United’s transfer business have put him in a tight spot. Moreover, the recent results have done no good as United have just a solitary win in their last five Premier League games. Mourinho recently also claimed that United finishing in top four this season would be a “miracle”.