Why Man Utd fans have Jose Mourinho to thank for Paul Pogba’s failed summer exit
The Frenchman was the main transfer target of Zinedine Zidane, who desperately wanted his fellow countryman to join him in Madrid.
Los Blancos president Florentino Perez put a stop the move, however, refusing to sanction Pogba’s arrival.
Zidane is underfire at the Santiago Bernabeu and the ‘Special One’ is the man expected to replace him should be sacked.
And Perez had this in mind when he refused to sign Pogba, who famously does not see eye-to-eye with Mourinho.
“In the short term, Mourinho will return to Real. They told him to wait six months,” Calderon told Marca.
“In the meantime, he is sending messages such as when Real calls you cannot say no or that when one is a Madridista once, he is that for a lifetime.
“As with the return of Zidane, for the president Mourinho will be a protective shield, a safeguard, a coach who, when he arrives, will automatically capture all the attention of supporters, will become the protagonist and will cause attention to be diverted from who is really to blame.
But the bookmakers have the Portuguese as the clear favourite for the role.