Ex-United boss Mourinho lands new job in Qatar for Asian Cup

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The former Manchester United boss was sacked in December following his side's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

File image of Jose Mourinho.

And Mourinho admits it is an honour for him to be linked with a shock return to the Spanish capital in the future.

"Jose is one of the greatest football managers of all time, and we hope that his expert analysis and charismatic personality will be enjoyed by our millions of viewers".

When Mourinho joined United in 2016, chief executive Ed Woodward included a release agreement that allowed them to claim compensation if he joined a new club within 12 months of leaving.

Mourinho's first fully-fledged job as a manager was with the Eagles where he took over from former Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes in 2000. "He is very relaxed about it and would be happy to wait until the end of the season if he needs to".

Mourinho managed Los Blancos from 2010-2013 earlier in his career and he has been heavily linked with a move to bring Mourinho back to the Bernabeu.

And it sounds like it could get even better for United should Real re-hire Mourinho, because doing so would trigger a clause in the 55-year-old's previous contract.

The improved contract United agreed with Mourinho a year ago was due to run until the end of the 2019-20 season, with an option of a further season.

Despite his admiration for Benfica and Portuguese football, the manager sees his return to the game at a top European club.

It will be interesting to hear the Portuguese's opinions on that match, but everyone will be tuning in to find out what he has to say about his final few months at Manchester United.

Madrid are having a particularly bad time at the moment, with interim manager Santiago Solari struggling to illicit the same response that Zinedine Zidane did when he was promoted from youth coach to senior manager, and president Florentino Perez is said to be keen to install an authoritarian like Mourinho to return the discipline to a listless squad.

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