The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.
Jose needs Fergie's blessing
Jose Mourinho will only become Manchester United’s manager this summer if Sir Alex Ferguson chooses to step aside for the self-anointed Special One. Reports claim that Mourinho is ready to walk away as boss of Real Madrid despite his side being seven points clear of Barcelona in La Liga this season. But his apparent desire to leave the Bernabeu will not be something the Old Trafford hierarchy respond to unless Ferguson, 70, decides to retire. Ferguson is fond of Mourinho and, while there would be some concern among the United powerbrokers that he courts too much controversy, the Portuguese would be seen as someone who could all but guarantee continued success at the club. The only problem is the timescale. The 49-year-old was expected to remain in Madrid for another season or two, enabling Ferguson to satisfy his desire to remain manager long enough to win a third European Cup. Only recently he spoke of wanting to work for another three years. Ferguson, however, would have to step down sooner if he did not want to see Mourinho working elsewhere. United would be among the leading clubs Mourinho would see as his next move, with Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal all possibilities in the right circumstances.
The majority of the papers reflect on Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Liverpool with The Independent reporting that United have not been out of three cup competitions in January since the 1980/81 season.