Manchester United have no concerns that club coach Jose Mourinho could leave next summer to take up the managerial position with another club.
There had been also those who work closely with him who believe that the Portuguese retains the drive to win the Premier League for the club.
Although it is a known fact that Mourinho was a long-term target of Paris Saint-Germain and other leading sides, United’s board would welcome Mourinho staying for a decade or more, as this would mean a long period of success had been established.
However, Manchester United are currently second in the Premier League and eight points behind Manchester City — and had lost 1-0 at Chelsea before the international break in what was their second league defeat of the opening 11 matches.
Their first defeat had been the shock 2-1 loss at newly promoted Huddersfield Town on 21 October.
In the week of the game against Chelsea, Mourinho caused some surprise by praising “special” PSG and ruling out spending the remainder of his career at United.
But at the moment, there is no concern among the United hierarchy that a manager whose longest spell at a club was just over three seasons during his first Chelsea tenure will depart in the close season.
It is a general feeling around the board that he is energised by the challenge of managing United, who on Thursday announced record turnover of £141m for the third quarter of 2017, and by trying to claim the club’s first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in May 2013.
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