Milan: Master tactician Jose Mourinho (right) will succeed Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager, according to the sister of former Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti. Since the turn of the year, there's been continued speculation about the ex-Chelsea boss returning to manage Old Trafford.
Bedy Moratti. Pics/AFP
Europa League loss
Thursday's embarrassing Europa League loss to FC Midtjylland has further weakened Van Gaal's position and Bedy Moratti, sister of former Inter president Massimo, appears to have inadvertently revealed Mourinho will soon succeed him.
The honorary president of supporters' group Inter Club was door-stepped by Italian website calciomercato.com at a lunch attended by the former Nerazzurri boss and asked whether the club missed him.
“He's missed as a person, but right now he's happy, he's going to Manchester,” Moratti said of the Portuguese.
Mourinho is already as short as 1/5 with bookmakers to become United's next manager, while Van Gaal is overwhelming favourite to become the next Premier League manager out of a job.
The Dutchman's side were embarrassed 1-2 in Denmark on Thursday and travel to Shrewsbury on Monday looking to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals. Mourinho, by contrast, is spending his weekend in Milan, where he is watching former club Inter host Sampdoria on Saturday.
The Portuguese famously led the Nerazzurri to the treble in 2010 and there were recent reports that the former Chelsea boss could return in place of Roberto Mancini.
It was talk Mourinho
dismissed upon arriving at Linate airport. Mourinho told Gazzetta World: “I have not been back in Milan, apart from a Champions League tie (with Real Madrid in 2010) and I had not seen the Moratti family so it's a fantastic feeling. I do not want any kind of speculation. I won't be Inter coach next year.”