By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Jose Mourinho has denied presenting Manchester United with a six-page letter outlining his plans to transform the club’s fortunes.
According to a report in the Independent, the recently-sacked Chelsea manager is said to have outlined his desire for the manager’s job as well as documenting a “forensic analysis” of the team’s season.
Mourinho has reportedly put in writing his thoughts on what could be improved as well as making suggestions about signings that could help strengthen the squad.
However, Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes released a brief statement on Sunday saying the idea of the Portugese writing such a letter was “absurd” and “ridiculous”. He added: “It does not occur to anyone that a coach like Jose Mourinho can write letters to clubs offering their services.”
Louis van Gaal is under growing pressure after United were jeered off the pitch by supporters in the wake of a dismal 1-0 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday.
It was United’s sixth Premier League defeat of the season and turns the focus once again on Van Gaal after his team were left 10 points behind new leaders Leicester.
Mourinho has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in December following a wretched run of results that left the champions marooned in 15th position in the league.
The Portugese is understood to be keen on succeeding his former Barcelona mentor Van Gaal at Old Trafford, and has written to United chiefs to explain his plans, according to the report in the Independent on Sunday.
It is also claimed Mendes has touched based with senior figures at Old Trafford to express his client’s interest in the post.