Man United face shock competition from Far East in race to sign three-time PL winner

According to reports from FourFourTwo, Indonesia are targeting Jose Mourinho as their next national team coach.

The Special One has been heavily linked with the Manchester United job since being sacked by Chelsea in December, where he’d previously won three Premier League titles during two spells, with countless sources speculating he’s in line to replace Louis van Gaal at the end of the season.

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But according to FourFourTwo, the Red Devils now face a rival in the race for the Portuguese’s signature, coming in the rather unexpected form of the Indonesian national team.

Indonesia are 185th in the FIFA World Rankings and currently managerless after parting with Pieter Huistra last year – their second interim appointment of 2015.

They’ve also been banned from competing in the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup, but that hasn’t put the government off attempting to attract one of the most coveted managers in world football.

As quoted by FourFourTwo, sports minister Imam Nahrawi recently told reporters; “This plan has been discussed with President Joko Widodo and the Chairman of the Indonesian Olympics Committee, Erick Thohir, even though this won’t be easy.

“Our national team head coach must be a foreigner, accompanied with our local coaches as his assistant. When I asked Erick, Mourinho’s salary is about Rp250 billion [equivalent to £13million or €16.5million] per year.

“The motivation is that we want to awaken the fighting spirit of the players. If Mr. Erick said not Jose Mourinho, but Guus Hiddink instead.”

Intriguingly, The Metro revealed in April that Mourinho had emerged as a managerial target for war-torn Syria.