Despite securing progression to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League following a 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Matchday 5, Real Madrid have limped through the group stage, following up two impressive opening wins with a loss to Borussia Dortmund and two less-than-impressive draws.
In La Liga, Madrid's situation has been far more dire; despite a morale-boosting victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid last week, the Spanish giants sit 11 points behind undefeated Barcelona and five points behind Atletico.
On Monday, Real Madrid's poor performance seemed to finally catch up with him; Spanish newspaper Marca reported that Mourinho likely would not coach Madrid next year and would leave in the summer, citing disagreements between the Portuguese manager and Madrid president Florentino Perez.
While these rumors are just that at the moment, in the event that Mourinho does that Madrid this summer, Manchester City has to be high on the list of ideal clubs to coach at next. The club is in England (the country Mourinho has been dying to return to), it's rich and it's hungry for Champions League and EPL success.
The question is: with Pep Guardiola likely to wait until next season to jump back into coaching, why should Manchester City go with the Special One instead of the record-breaking ex-Barcelona manager?
In the next few slides, we'll make the case for why when it comes to Mourinho vs. Guardiola, the Special One is clearly the best choice for the noisy neighbors of Manchester.