Jose Mourinho has told friends he has agreed to become Manchester United’s new manager, according to reports.
Mourinho has been strongly linked with the Old Trafford hot seat in recent weeks with Louis van Gaal set to leave this summer.
And despite links to Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino, the Daily Mail says Mourinho has agreed to become United’s new boss.
He’s apparently told close friends the deal is done and he’ll be confirmed at the end of the campaign as Red Devils manager.
Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December, but soon after was linked with a move to Old Trafford, as current boss Louis van Gaal struggled to ensure his side hit form. Performances and results have improved under the Dutchman in recent weeks, but it’s now expected in most quarters that Van Gaal will leave the club at the end of the campaign.
He had signed a three-year contract with the club in 2014, but United are reportedly set to make the decision after unsatisfactory progress under the former Dutch national coach since his arrival. Performances and results have improved recently, but the Red Devils are now outsiders to make the top four given they are six points back on Manchester City.
It was revealed on the weekend that United were close to agreeing terms with Mourinho to become Van Gaal’s successor in the summer, but the deal is now agreed according to latest reports.
Van Gaal has reacted angrily to talk he could be replaced at the helm in recent weeks, and snapped at a reporter for asking the question following the 1-1 weekend draw with Chelsea, according to talkSPORT.
The Dutchman said: ”You have spoken with (United’s executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward?
”Why do they have to deny? I don’t interfere neither. Why do the club have to deny it when you are creating stories. Okay, okay, so you haven’t spoken to Ed Woodward or (United’s owners) the Glazers, so you are inventing this story.
Van Gaal still has a year left on his contract but it’s been widely accepted that he’ll depart this summer after a disappointing campaign.