Last week, Chelsea announced that they had parted ways with manager Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese, otherwise known as “The Special One”, led the Blues to the Premier League title last season, but lost his job after a dismal start to the new campaign. At Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal is beginning to come under scrutiny for his lacklustre managerial qualities and poor run of form.

United haven’t won in their last six league games and supporters are beginning to grow tired of the Dutchman’s excuses. At the time of writing, Coral are offering just 1/4 in their football betting markets on Van Gaal to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the club make the tough decision in the near future.

If they sack Van Gaal, Mourinho is the perfect candidate to take over at the helm. The Portuguese has been linked with the top job at Old Trafford ever since Mourinho’s Porto knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League in 2004 and now could be the perfect time for United to appoint the three-time Premier League winner as their new boss before the season becomes unsalvageable.

In today’s world, managers come and go all the time – nobody is safe. Even Jurgen Klopp, who has led Liverpool to away victories at Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton during his short tenure, isn’t necessarily safe. Van Gaal is under intense pressure and while it would be foolish to suggest that Klopp’ll be checking his phone too, punters won’t be too keen to support the new Reds manager in the football betting markets.

Mourinho doesn’t come without flaws but he is a much better manager than Louis van Gaal and United should seriously consider employing the Portuguese in the coming weeks. United should be challenging for titles, not fourth place – something that the Dutchman seems happy to settle for. Also, Van Gaal’s brand of football has been labelled as ‘boring’, which certainly doesn’t fit the bill at Old Trafford.

United were always going to struggle in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson years, however many expected Van Gaal to take the club back to the top. Instead, they are heading the wrong way. He’s spent over £250 million since arriving at Old Trafford and United have gotten progressively worse. It’s only a matter of time before the Dutchman’s time is up and Mourinho will be one of the leading candidates to take over – and that could be the catalyst for United to climb back to the summit of English football.