Sunday 26 January 2020

Jose Mourinho signs Man United deal and will be confirmed as boss in the next fortnight - report

Jose Mourinho, left, could be replacing Louis van Gaal, right, at Old Trafford
Jose Mourinho, left, could be replacing Louis van Gaal, right, at Old Trafford Newsdesk Newsdesk

Jose Mourinho has signed a contract with Manchester United to become their next manager with an announcement expected before the end of the season, according to a report today.

The former Chelsea manager has been linked with replacing Louis van Gaal for months and he is widely expected to take over at Old Trafford. The odds of him doing so have become incredibly small. However a potential complication arose when it emerged recent;y that  Paris St Germain were also willing to offer the Portuguese coach a return to management.

It's understood that development has focused minds at Manchester United on securing the services of the serial winner.

The Express today claim that Mourinho penned a contract at Old Trafford at the end of last week. They also claim that an announcement could be made in the next two weeks. That would mean acknowledging a change before the season finishes on 15 May. It would also mean, following Manchester United's win over Everton yesterday, that the FA Cup final on 21 May would be Van Gaal's final game in charge.

Finally, the story that leads the back of today's Express newspaper claims that Mourinho will have full control over the club's transfer policy.

Top of his wish-list will be Benfica's Renato Sanches, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and John Stones.

Louis van Gaal has a year to run on his contract at Old Trafford but refused to be drawn on his future after United's 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Everton yesterday at Wembley.

United are currently fifth in the Barclays Premier League and there has been plenty of talk this season about boss Van Gaal being replaced in the summer.

And having praised his team for their efforts on Saturday, the Dutchman - asked how important winning the FA Cup could be for the team's development heading into next season - said: "I am not looking beyond this competition and FA Cup, because we live in the present.

"For the future, I will discuss that with my board and others."

Van Gaal, whose current contract runs until the summer of 2017, was then asked if he would consider winning the FA Cup but failing to qualify for the Champions League a success.

The 64-year-old replied: "It is not for me to judge - it is for the board of Manchester United."

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