'Fantastic' Paris could be Jose's next stop

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reacting during the 0-0 draw with Liverpool last Saturday. He has indicated that he will not end his career at Old Trafford.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reacting during the 0-0 draw with Liverpool last Saturday. He has indicated that he will not end his career at Old Trafford.PHOTO: REUTERS

United boss has not reached four years in a single spell as manager and points to son's love for PSG

LONDON • Jose Mourinho has ruled out spending the rest of his career at Manchester United while talking up the "special" project at Paris Saint-Germain.

The Portuguese, who came under fire for United's defensive approach at Liverpool on Saturday, suggested he will not finish his career in Manchester during an interview with a French broadcaster.

After winning the Europa League and the League Cup last season, he has set his sights on the Premier League title with United.

The 54-year-old, who last season admitted his life in Manchester was a "disaster" because he was living out of a hotel, has done nothing to suggest he intends a long stay.

He told TF1's Telefoot programme: "The only thing I can say is that I'm still a coach with worries, with ambitions and with the desire to do new things. And I don't believe... no, I'm sure that I won't end my career here."

Asked if that meant at United, he said: "Yes."

  • MOURINHO'S TENURE AT PREVIOUS CLUBS

  • BENFICA (2000-01)

    Nine months

    UNIAO DE LEIRIA (2001-02)

    Six months

    PORTO (2002-04)

    Two years, five months

    CHELSEA (2004-07)

    Three years, two months

    INTER MILAN (2008-10)

    One year, 11 months

    REAL MADRID (2010-13)

    Three years, one month

    CHELSEA (2013-15)

    Two years, five months

  • Premier League talking points

  • 1 BATSHUAYI CANNOT COUNT ON CONTE AT CHELSEA

    Michy Batshuayi wasted a great chance to prove to Antonio Conte that he can rely on him in the absence of Alvaro Morata.

    Handed a rare league start, the Belgian was substituted after 57 minutes when Conte decided to chase an equaliser against Crystal Palace without a recognised striker.

    Conte did not want to talk about Batshuayi after the 2-1 defeat by Palace, choosing to focus on a collective failure by his team. But he was also vague when asked if he trusted Morata's understudy.

    2 PALACE KNOW WHERE THE GOAL IS AFTER ALL

    Crystal Palace were getting used to breaking unwanted records left, right and centre. Point-less and goal-less after seven games, Chelsea would not have been their ideal opponents.

    But in the shock of the season so far, the champions were beaten 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

    Suddenly, Palace's situation does not appear quite so perilous. Manager Roy Hodgson had previously saved Fulham when they looked doomed for relegation in 2008. Could his team have started their great escape?

    3 UNITED MAY LOSE MOMENTUM AFTER ANFIELD BORE

    In the context of a season a goal-less draw at Anfield is usually a decent result.

    But in the context of this particular season, in which the league will probably be won with a high points tally, would-be champions must pursue all those available with equal zeal.

    On Saturday, United did not do this and now will probably have to beat Spurs and Chelsea who they play in the next three weeks, to stay on the heels of Manchester City.

    4 FRAGILE ARSENAL EXPOSED AGAIN IN SHOCK DEFEAT

    Arsene Wenger raged at the "scandalous" penalty decision that sparked Arsenal's shock 2-1 defeat by Watford, but Hornets striker Troy Deeney had a more convincing answer to the Gunners' woes.

    Beaten for the first time in eight games in all competitions after Tom Cleverley's stoppage-time strike, Arsenal once again looked painfully fragile when Watford began to test them physically in the second half at Vicarage Road.

    So, while Wenger felt Richarlison's theatrical fall under Hector Bellerin's challenge should not have led to the penalty that Deeney converted for Watford's equaliser, it was the goal-scorer's suggestion that Arsenal lack fight that rang true.

    THE GUARDIAN, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The news comes after the United manager told ESPN in July that he was looking at a "15-year stay" at Old Trafford, which now looks unlikely.

Mourinho responded to the question of whether he might one day join PSG by revealing his teenage son had taken the club to his heart.

"The other day, my son, who lives in London, went to Paris and not to Manchester to watch the match," he said. Asked why his son chose that option, he added: "Because at the moment, in Paris, there is something special. Magic, quality, youth, it's fantastic."

Mourinho has never spent more than three years and two months in one spell as manager at any of his six clubs in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain. He signed a three-year contract with United last year and negotiations on an extension are expected in the coming months.

But his glowing praise of PSG could cause some apprehension in the United boardroom.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the PSG president, wanted to appoint Mourinho as manager last year, but the Portuguese had his heart set on a move to United and the Qatari businessman approached Unai Emery, who signed a two-year contract.

Mourinho's Dutch predecessor, Louis van Gaal, meanwhile claimed that the United manager, with whom he worked at Barcelona, struggles to control his emotions.

"In principle, he is not a bad guy," said van Gaal, who was sacked just two days after winning the 2016 FA Cup. "He can be sympathetic and he was this way when he was my assistant in the past. But he lets himself go out of control too often."

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