The Portuguese tactician is thought to be the first in line to replace Louis van Gaal if he is, as is expected, axed at the end of the season, with a ‘pre-contract agreement’ thought to be in place between the former Chelsea chief and the Old Trafford outfit.
Since speculation of a move to Manchester surfaced, Mourinho has been aligned with a host of players, and reports indicate that Diarra is the latest name on his list.
‘Mou’ coached the 31-year-old while at Real Madrid, during which time the midfield enforcer was a part of Los Blancos’ 2011/12 La Liga winning side.
Any move for Diarra would come as somewhat of a shock, with the former Arsenal, Chelsea and Portsmouth man having recently rebuilt his career with Marseille after 10 months out of top level football.
The experienced midfielder was sacked by Lokomotiv Moscow in August 2014, and only officially signed for l’OM ahead of the current campaign.
His form back in his homeland has been so impressive that 2008 FA Cup winner is back in the Les Bleus set-up and look on course to feature in their EURO 2016 squad.