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Manchester United ‘add Wolves boss Nuno Santo to list of candidates to take over from Jose Mourinho’

Santo took over at Molineux last summer and led the West Midlands club back to the Premier League in his first season and is now a potential replacement for Mourinho

Manchester United have added Nuno Espirito Santo to the list of potential candidates to replace Jose Mourinho, according to reports.

It is understood the Wolves boss has impressed the Old Trafford bosses and could be in line to succeed his countryman.

Nuno Espirito Santo is being linked with Manchester United to replace Jose Mourinho

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Nuno Espirito Santo is being linked with Manchester United to replace Jose Mourinho

Mourinho is under-fire after a poor start to the Premier League season

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Mourinho is under-fire after a poor start to the Premier League season

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According to German newspaper Bild, Santo is being considered by Manchester United alongside former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

Santo took the reins at Molineux last summer and led the West Midlands back to the Premier League after a six-year absence at his first attempt.

The club attained 99 points, leading the way from October, and were nine clear of second-placed Cardiff at the end of the season.

And Wolves have enjoyed a successful start to the new season, earning draws against Everton and champions Manchester City either side of their only defeat, at Leicester.


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Santo led Wolves to the Championship title last season and got their first win of the season against West Ham this weekend

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Santo led Wolves to the Championship title last season and got their first win of the season against West Ham this weekend

Manchester United suffered back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Tottenham before returning to winning ways against Burnley

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Manchester United suffered back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Tottenham before returning to winning ways against Burnley

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This weekend’s 1-0 win over West Ham was their first league victory of the season.

Santo’s side sit just a point behind United, who have six points.

Following an opening-day win over Leicester, the Red Devils suffered defeats against Brighton and Tottenham but got their season back on track by beating Burnley on Sunday.

Mourinho was Santo’s manager during his playing spell at Porto as the Portuguese side won the Champions League in 2004.

And the Wolves gaffer is represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes, who also has Mourinho on his list of clients and has a strong influence at the Red Devils.

Zidane, who left Real Madrid this summer after a third-successive European Cup crown, is still the favourite to take over at Old Trafford but is currently enjoying a sabbatical.

The Frenchman missed a Uefa meeting last night, one Mourinho was present for, but would be expected to get the best out of compatriots Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.

Meanwhile, under-fire Mourinho remains the most likely to be the next Premier League manager to go, just ahead of West Ham’s Manuel Pellegrini in the sack race, with the Chilean yet to pick up a point this season.

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Mourinho had Santo in his squad when Porto won the Champions League in 2004 but Santo may not be his countryman’s successor

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Mourinho had Santo in his squad when Porto won the Champions League in 2004 but Santo may not be his countryman’s successor

Zinedine Zidane is still the favourite to replace Mourinho at Old Trafford and is expected to get the best out of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial

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Zinedine Zidane is still the favourite to replace Mourinho at Old Trafford and is expected to get the best out of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial

But the Manchester United boss is not worried about losing his job and said: “They say I’m in danger but I don’t think it.

“If they send me away, do you have any idea how much money they would have to give me? Ah ah.”


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