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Jose Mourinho turned down the chance to succeed Alex Ferguson at 2013 secret meeting - report

David Smith

Published 11/10/2016 | 12:22

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho reportedly turned down the opportunity to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Man United, and chose to return to Chelsea instead.

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United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward flew to Madrid in April 2013 in an attempt to convince the Portuguese manager to take over at Old Trafford, according to The Daily Mail.

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Mourinho allegedly met with Woodward in a people carrier outside the Vicente Calderon, where his Real Madrid side were taking on their local rivals Atletico.

Jose was apparently keen on filling Fergie’s boots, but opted to return to Stamford Bridge after Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich intervened.

As a result, United turned to David Moyes instead, but the former Everton boss lasted less than a year in the hot seat at Old Trafford.

Louis Van Gaal replaced the Scot at United, but his reign also ended in failure – despite winning an FA Cup and spending £250 million – and he was sacked in May after two seasons at the helm.

Mourinho won the Premier League in the second season of his second stint at Chelsea, but his champion side floundered last season, and ended the year in 10th place.

The slump proved costly, and the 53 year old was sacked by Abramovich for the second time in December 2015, paving the way for him to take over at Old Trafford just six months later.

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