The 1 outcome that nobody is considering here is that LVG stays for the entirety of his contract. Genuinely think if he gets us back into the top 4 and stays there he'll still be in charge come the beginning of next season. If Mourinho was that big a favourite for the job, why not just get him in now? There's literally nothing stopping them appointing him now.
That of course is a possibility also, but if Jose is working by then with Klopp at Anfield, Pep at City who do we go for when LVG does finish up and goes like he says after next season. I can't see Spurs letting Pochettino go to us especially as of late we are now a direct rival of theirs for the top four spots.
Do we then continue to give Giggs the hotseat because there is nobody else left of top calibre?
You can lead a man to reason, but you cannot make him think.
If you get him (Mou) now he has you over a barrel in negotiations because you make him the only candidate, not ideal. If you wait till there's other candidates available and take your time you have a better hand. Plus, there's no rush if they've decided it would do more harm than good sacking VG mid-term.
I think Woodward / board have worked out that LvG has jumped the shark and the game, modern players, pace and relentlessness of the BPL has over-taken him a bit, even with the injuries the team have had. Also Woodward is acutely aware of the fan reaction and comment and the club having to shut a stand down for the Europa league game will not have gone down well.
There are better man managers out there - ironically, Mourinho isn't one of them. Pep, Ancelotti, Klopp, Pochettino and Giggs would be infinitely less divisive than VG or Mourinho. We've managed to fuck three of the best alternatives up which makes things tighter but we still have alternatives.
Just because Mourinho is the biggest name out of the remaining candidates doesn't make him a shoe-in, or shouldn't, but it's the Glazers who have have final say and I get the vibe they're tempted. Not sure about Woodward.
I agree Matt that Mourinho is nobody's first choice of a manager, but yeah like you said - it's going to get a lot more competitive than it already is next season and it will keep progressing in that direction, so I don't think we can afford to be playing around appointing managers every 2 years or so. Even though Mourinho is far from a long-term option, we would be able to get back into the top four mix (like a stable top 4) and then we can give someone like Giggsy a try. Don't get me wrong, I love Giggs and would like nothing more than to see him manage and succeed at United, but the timing seems wrong.
If we can drill this respect into him of what he is actually representing here beforehand and he can agree to stay more than his usual three seasons to project long-term stability to the club's future success, then I'll open the door myself for him at Old Trafford.