The Red Devils boss has proven himself to be a safe pair of hands during his time in management, despite United ending last season in sixth
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho would be well-equipped to take over as the UK’s next Prime Minister, according to Goal readers.
As part of the build up to the 2017 general election, we asked 1,100 of our audience which of the current Premier League managers would be best suited for the role, and the Red Devils chief came out on top with 31 per cent of the voting.
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Despite ending the season with United in sixth position in the Premier League table, the Portuguese steered the club back into the Champions League having lifted this year’s Europa League trophy.
The former Chelsea boss also tasted victory with the Community Shield back in August and the League Cup in February, adding assurance to his reputation of being a safe pair of hands.
Mourinho is certainly more interested in himself, though, rather than the many whom Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is targeting, and while he is certainly ‘bloody difficult’ at times, like Conservative’s Theresa May, you can count on him showing up whenever there is a debate to be had.
“How Mourinho would fare as Prime Minister is hard to guess,” James Marley, global editor-in-chief, says. “He’s fiercely pro-European, so much so that this season he sacrificed domestic performance for European success.
“He’s not afraid to spend, as highlighted by the record breaking transfer of Paul Pogba last summer, but his relationships with the medical profession are fragile at best.”
Second to Mourinho was Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who racked up 29% of the voting. Annoyingly for the Italian, 15% of Blues fans opted for their former man in charge.
Conte rejuvenated the Stamford Bridge club last season, following a disappointing campaign under Mourinho beforehand, leading them to the Premier League title in his maiden season.
Mourinho, though, pioneered Chelsea to three top-flight titles, three League Cups and the FA Cup during his time in west London, and is a more popular choice to lead the country, according to the figures.
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Elsewhere, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s tenacious style of management saw him receive just 12% of the voting, with Arsene Wenger coming in with 11%.
The Frenchman has freshly signed a two-year contract extension at the Emirates, despite facing criticism from sections of support throughout the 2016-17 Premier League season.
Despite Mauricio Pochettino’s impressive showing since being appointed Tottenham manager, he could only muster 7% of voting, while Sam Allardyce was the most popular Englishman in the running.
With only one vote from more than 1,000, Paul Clement was the least popular manager in the poll.