In case he hadn’t made it obvious enough, Jose Mourinho has again hinted that he would be interested in replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager.

“Football without Alex Ferguson? I’m not sure that will happen any day soon,” said Mourinho. “The man lives and breathes football and Manchester United is his club. His hunger and desire to win the biggest trophies remains so I cannot see the day he considers walking away from football approaching. Like Real Madrid, the Manchester United job is special and only a ­special manager is good enough to take the job on if and when it does become available. Of course, jobs like that don’t ­become available every day so the interest will be vast. Like Madrid, it’s a job everyone will want.”

The unavoidable next manager U-Turn