Thursday 18 January 2018

Manchester United refuse to deny Jose Mourinho talks

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United have declined to comment on reports that the club has held meetings with Jose Mourinho's advisers over a deal to bring the Portuguese tactician to Old Trafford.

The BBC are reporting that Mourinho's advisers have held detailed talks with United officials in recent days, with current manager Louis van Gaal expected to stand down at the end of this season, a year before the end of his contract.

That would appear to pave the way for Mourinho take over at United, with the silence from Old Trafford chiefs fuelling the suspicion that discussions have begun over finding Van Gaal's replacement.

United were quick to dismiss spurious reports linking them with a move for Pep Guardiola in recent weeks, as they knew as early as last November that the Bayern Munich boss was on his way to Manchester City.

With Guardiola's move to City now confirmed, United are keen to address their own future swiftly and despite opposition from some members of the club’s board to Mourinho’s appointment, the former Chelsea boss appears to be edging closer to securing the post.

The close relationship between Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes and United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is likely to ease the deal through, with a growing number of the club's supporters apparently warming to the idea of the controversial tactician taking charge at Old Trafford.

Mourinho has offered no public comment on his interest in the United job, but he has let it be known that he would jump at the chance to take over from his former mentor Van Gaal.

If Van Gaal has decided to bring forward his retirement plans by a year, Mourinho would appear to be well placed to take over at United and renew his bitter rivalry with Guardiola in Manchester next season.

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