In Focus: No reason why Mourinho shouldn’t sign new deal

Manchester United will attempt to hold contract talks with manager Jose Mourinho in November, according to The Telegraph.

What’s the word?

The Portuguese coach has less than two years left on his current deal, but the club’s hierarchy will not want to leave themselves in a position where he has just 12 months remaining.

The Telegraph claims that negotiations will begin in November, but a final decision is only likely to be made at the end of the season when the campaign can be assessed.

Mourinho had a positive first year at Old Trafford by guiding the team to two trophies – the EFL Cup and the Europa League – but the club finished sixth in the Premier League table.

The 2017-18 campaign has started well for the North-West outfit as they have won all three of their league fixtures.

In the process they have scored 10 goals and not conceded a single one.

Will Mourinho extend his stay?

The 54-year-old has a glittering CV having coached at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

However, he has never stayed at a club longer than three years in a single stint.

Mourinho has had friction with past clubs’ hierarchy, as well as players – notably at the Bernabeu and his final spell at Chelsea when he was sacked midway through the season.

At the moment, though, everything seems to be running smoothly at United and he has publicly stated numerous times that he wants to be at the club for many years.

The Red Devils are serious title contenders this season, and there is no reason for Mourinho not to put pen to paper unless he harbours a desire to coach elsewhere.