Manchester United finally indicate they are prepared to bring in Jose Mourinho - report
Hours after Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports that he doesn't have an agreement to become the next Manchester United manager, the same station have reported that the club have made the first move in the almost season-long courtship.
According to Sky, United have told the Portuguese tactician that he will be the next manager in the Old Trafford home dugout - if Louis van Gaal leaves at the end of the season.
This turn of events comes hot on the heels of Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea before Christmas just months after winning the Premier League, telling Sky that he has an agreement with 'nobody' when it comes to his next managerial position.
"Manchester United tell Jose Mourinho that manager's job is his if Louis van Gaal leaves this summer," the station said in a tweet.
The wording of the statement makes it look like the Red Devils have yet to decide the Dutchman's fate as his second season in charge draws to a close.
Man City's 1-1 draw on the final day of the season means that barring a 19-goal win in United's rescheduled fixture with Bournemouth tonight, the Old Trafford club will miss out on Champions League football next season.
One consolation is that United will compete in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace at Wembley this weekend, and reading between the lines of the Sky report, it sounds like Ed Woodward and the rest of the decision makers are waiting until after Saturday's showpiece to make a decision on whether van Gaal should see out the final season of his contract.