Sunday 18 March 2018

Manchester United insiders deny suggestions of Jose Mourinho deal

Jose Mourinho. Photo: Getty
Jose Mourinho. Photo: Getty
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United insiders have moved to deny persistent suggestions that they have agreed a deal for Jose Mourinho to take over as the club’s manager this summer.

Sky Sports have reported that stories claiming Mourinho has already be assured that he will take over from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford at the end of this season are wide of the mark, with United officials still “open minded” on their plans for next season.

Van Gaal’s success in guiding United into next month’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace and their ongoing push for a top four finish in the Premier League means Mourinho’s persistent efforts to land the Old Trafford post have yet to yield and agreement or a contract offer.

This would explain why rumours reported to have been leaked by Mourinho’s camp suggesting their client had been approached to take over as Paris Saint-Germain boss earlier this month have been made public, with advisers to the former Chelsea boss clearly keen to forced United’s hand as they consider their next month.

Van Gaal remains convinced he will remain in charge of United heading into the third and final year of his contract, with the Dutchman suggesting he is already making plans for next season in his recent media briefings.

In a saga that has now rumbled on for most of 2016, it appears that United will not make any public declarations on Van Gaal’s future or their interest in Mourinho until after the FA Cup final on May 21st at the earliest.

Jose Mourinho and Laurent Blanc are linked with Manchester United
Jose Mourinho and Laurent Blanc are linked with Manchester United

Meanwhile, speculation linking Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with a move to Manchester United this summer can  be banished after it was confirmed the Argentine tactician has agreed a new long-term contract with the north London club. 

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