UNITED KINGDOM, May 12 – Jose Mourinho gave the studied impression of being unperturbed by Manchester United’s defeat at West Ham, a result which could herald his appointment as manager at Old Trafford now that Louis van Gaal is unlikely to deliver Champions League football next season.
Mourinho, who arrived in Mexico City on Tuesday night to manage a FIFA legends team, said he was flying during the match and only found out the result when he had checked into his hotel.
He smiled enigmatically when asked if it would affect his future, saying: “There is plenty of time.”
About his legends team, he said: “I didn’t pick them, I’m here on my holidays.”
Mourinho’s vacation has now stretched to five months.
Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat by West Ham on Tuesday could see Van Gaal’s side miss out on a place in the top four.
United go into their final game of the season against Bournemouth two points behind neighbours Manchester City.
Van Gaal’s side have to beat the Cherries and hope City lose at Swansea on Sunday.
A FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace may not be enough to save the Dutchman from losing his job.