Mourinho in Manchester United link

José Mourinho Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has been named as one of the favourites to replace the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Ferguson confirmed on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the season after 26 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford.

Speculation has been rife with regards to potential replacements for the 71-year-old Scot, with Everton boss David Moyes an early favourite to take the job.

Mourinho has always been seen as a contender for the role, but several bookmakers have now placed him as the favourite.

The Portuguese is widely expected to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season and was heavily linked with a return to his former club Chelsea.

Newspaper reports on Wednesday suggested talks over a return to Stamford Bridge had stalled, with news of Ferguson’s retirement emerging hours later.

Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez had hinted on Tuesday that Mourinho would replace him in in the summer, but this latest development has now thrown that into doubt.

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