Report: Man United want Jose Mourinho to replace Louis van Gaal... in 2017
If this latest twist in the Jose Mourinho to Man United tale is accurate then Ed Woodward really doesn't know what direction he wants the club to go in.
For weeks there has been widespread speculation that Louis van Gaal will be sacked as Manchester United manager with a year left on his contract to usher in the Mourinho era, with leaks from both camps seemingly confirming and denying the news every day.
There is also the added complication of Ryan Giggs' role as van Gaal's assistant, with the Welshman unlikely to stay on as the number two if he is passed over by Old Trafford bosses in favour of the Special One.
Most people presumed that the decision that Woodward had to make was whether to persist with van Gaal or bring in Mourinho but according to prominent football journalist Duncan Castles, the United CEO has found a third option: retain the Dutchman for ANOTHER season before bringing in the ex-Chelsea boss in the summer of 2017.
Now that would a be a truly surprising turn of events.
"Manchester United have asked Jose Mourinho to replace Van Gaal as manager," Castles tweeted.
"In the summer of 2017. Unsurprisingly, Mourinho is not interested in waiting an additional year to return to management."
How long more does this saga have to go on until it becomes the most protracted courtship in football history?