Jose Mourinho has told friends that he will become the next manager of Manchester United.
This is according to various newspapers, including the Mirror, who say sources close to the former Chelsea coach have claimed it’s almost a ‘done deal’ that he will succeed Louis van Gaal this summer.
Respected Spanish broadsheet El Confidencial reported last week that Mourinho has already signed an agreement with the Red Devils - but while their information from “informed sources” may have been slightly premature, nothing has been signed yet, it’s clear that Mourinho to Old Trafford is now a very real possibility.
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The 53-year-old is the overwhelming favourite to land the Manchester United job, ahead of Ryan Giggs and Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Van Gaal, meanwhile, will leave United a year before his contract was due to expire. The Dutch coach, who turns 65 in August, will almost certainly announce his retirement after 30 years working as a manager.
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Manchester United appear to have turned to Mourinho following last week’s announcement that rivals Manchester City have secured the services of Pep Guardiola, the world’s most sought-after coach, for the start of next season.
The former Real Madrid boss, who has won a host of major honours throughout his managerial career, will be expected to mastermind United’s way back to the top following three underwhelming seasons following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
Mourinho, who has reportedly coveted the Manchester United job for a while now, will be determined to establish himself as the world’s best coach following his unceremonious dismissal from Chelsea in December.
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