Manchester United are likely to part company with Louis van Gaal this summer, a year earlier than planned, after another disappointing campaign under his management.
Following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Sunderland, the Red Devils face an uphill battle to secure Champions League qualification for next season - the absolute minimum requirement for the veteran Dutch coach.
Subsequently, United are on the hunt for a new manager - and, according to former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, a deal has already been agreed between the Premier League giants and Jose Mourinho.
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"It hasn't worked out at all for Louis van Gaal at Manchester United,” Redknapp told US radio station Sirius XM, according to the Mirror. “It's been a disaster for him. No doubt about that.
"From the people I know who are in the know, it seems Jose Mourinho to United is a done deal."
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Mourinho appointment would please many United fans
No doubt this will please those Manchester United fans who feel that Mourinho is the only coach capable of helping their club to regain their competitive edge following three underwhelming seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
The revered Portuguese boss has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in December and has long-coveted the manager’s job at Old Trafford.
That Manchester City won the race for Pep Guardiola’s services - the announcement was made earlier this month - may have forced United to step up their pursuit of Mourinho.
Rio Ferdinand warned his former employers that they risk turning into the new Liverpool - referring to the Merseyside outfit’s struggles in the league since they last won the title in 1990 - unless they get it right with their next managerial appointment.
Mourinho - the safe choice or a risk?
And the decorated Mourinho is widely regarded as the safe choice for United, despite the way in which his second spell at Stamford Bridge ended two months ago.
The 53-year-old has won the league title in every country he’s managed - Portugal, England, Italy and Spain - and lifted the Champions League trophy in 2004 and 2010.
But not everyone is convinced that Mourinho is the best man for the job at Manchester United.
Paul Parker urges Man Utd to appoint Sherwood over Jose
Paul Parker, the retired defender who played at Old Trafford between 1991 and 1996, raised a few eyebrows on Tuesday after claiming that United should appoint the former Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood over Mourinho.
“Frankly, given how unhappy the players are right now, they'd be better off bringing in Tim Sherwood [than Jose Mourinho] between now and the end of the season,” Parker wrote in his latest Eurosport column, “someone to soft soap the players, given them a bit of a cuddle, get them feeling good about themselves once again.”
The likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone have also been touted as potential successors for Van Gaal - but it’s very likely that Mourinho has won the hearts of Ed Woodward and the Glazer family.
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