Andy Gray backs Mourinho to replace Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

Manchester United are reportedly giving serious consideration whether to replace Louis van Gaal with Jose Mourinho following a run of six games without a win.

Football expert Andy Gray believes it's an opportunity of a lifetime for the Red Devils to get the Portuguese - who was axed by Chelsea last week after a disastrous run of results amid rumours of a fall-out with senior players at Stamford Bridge.

“I see Mourinho as the only one of the top three or four managers in the world available,” said the former Scotland and Everton star told talkSPORT.

“You look at the really top names and Ancelotti has gone [to Bayern Munich], Pep Guardiola looks set for Manchester City. Would anyone else be big enough come in? I don’t see anybody.

“The fact that Jose is available has probably rushed them into doing something. I think if Jose was still at Chelsea then Van Gaal would would get little bit more time to sort it out but this might be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get Mourinho, at the right time, into Manchester United.

“I think there is every chance it could happen. Louis is overseeing a club and a side that are not playing with a smile on their faces. I don’t get the impression the players are enjoying it, I know the fans aren’t enjoying watching it, and there is one of the best coaches in world football sitting on his backside, twiddling his thumbs right now.

“Why wouldn’t one of the biggest clubs in the world be interested in one of the best managers in the world?"


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