Jose Mourinho was offered the chance to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager in 2013


Jose Mourinho was offered the opportunity to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager during a clandestine 2013 meeting in the back of a people carrier.

Sportsmail understands that United’s executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, flew to Madrid in a bid to persuade the Portuguese, then managing Real, to come to Manchester.

The April summit took place in a vehicle, complete with darkened windows, outside the Vicente Calderon, where Mourinho’s Madrid were taking on their cross-city rivals Atletico.

Jose Mourinho was offered the Manchester United job to replace Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013

Jose Mourinho was offered the Manchester United job to replace Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013

Mourinho opted to return to Chelsea, opening the door for then Everton manager David Moyes

Mourinho opted to return to Chelsea, opening the door for then Everton manager David Moyes

However, Woodward was left disappointed when Mourinho informed him that he had told Chelsea he would be returning to Stamford Bridge instead.

As a result, United turned to David…



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