Friday 23 February 2018

Mourinho 'assured' that he will be next Man United boss - report

Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Photo: PA
Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Photo: PA
Could Jose Mourinho be set for Manchester United?
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jose Mourinho has been "assured" that he will be the next manager of Manchester United after his agent Jorge Mendes held talks with the Old Trafford club this week, according to fresh reports in the UK media.

After weeks of speculation linking Mourinho with a move to Old Trafford, current United boss Louis van Gaal has stated in recent weeks that he expects to remain in charge for the third and final year of his contract as the club's manager.

Yet the latest stories in the UK newspapers appear to suggest that Mourinho's camp are now confident that their man will land his dream job this summer, even if Van Gaal secures a top four finish in the Premier League and wins the FA Cup.

The leaks from Mourinho's advisers have subsided in recent weeks after the former Chelsea boss urged his advisers to stop briefing the media, with their aggressive approach appearing to damage his hopes of taking over at United.

New stories being run by The Sun and other papers suggest the presence of agent Mendes in the UK in recent days is linked to a possible deal to bring Mourinho to Old Trafford, although a story last weekend claiming his appointment will be announced in the next 10 days seems to be highly unreliable.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports News presenter Hayley McQueen has claimed the reports linking Mourinho with United this summer are misplaced, as her contacts at Old Trafford have stated that they are planning for Van Gaal to remain in charge for next season.

“If some of the papers are to be believed this deal with Jose Mourinho is already done and dusted.” McQueen stated,

“I worked at the end of the season awards actually and having good relationships with people at the club, my understanding is that they’re all set for van Gaal to take charge of the team next season. He’s even had a massive hand in the pre-season.

“Ed Woodward and the guys sat down and mapped out the whole pre-season plan – where they would train, where they would travel to and Louis van Gaal has come in and actually changed a lot of what they’re doing and planning. So obviously they have him in mind.

“He has a very good relationship with Ed Woodward and I think that’s why he’s been in the job as long as he has. I think he is fairly confident himself of winning the FA Cup and of his own future.”

As ever with this enduring story, there are likely to be a few more twists and turns before the final decision is made next month.

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