Jose Mourinho is demanding a written promise from Manchester United that he will become their next manager this summer as he continues to fret over his future, according to The Sun.
While it is widely expected that the Portuguese will take over from Louis van Gaal at the end of the season, the fact remains that he has nothing but a verbal agreement with Old Trafford chiefs.
As a result, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has no obligation to hire Mourinho or, indeed, sack Van Gaal. And as Manchester United continue to press for a top four place, a U-turn is looking more and more likely.
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It has been suggested that Van Gaal will only be dismissed if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League. When the Mourinho rumours started, a top four finished looked less than likely but a drop in form from Manchester City has left them just one point from it.
Now, Mourinho is watching on as his dream job once again slips by him, and not for the first time. He had been tipped to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 only to see David Moyes picked ahead of him.
But Van Gaal's improved performance is not the only thing stopping Mourinho from taking a seat in the home dugout at Old Trafford. It has been widely claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson is very much against Mourinho taking over. Although he only holds a ceremonial role on the club's board, his ability to influence those who matter is undeniable.
Ferguson's reservations appear to lie in the fact that Mourinho has never shown he is able to blood youth products and turn them into first-team stars. For all the bad things Van Gaal has brought to the club, his record with United's young players has been nothing short of impressive.
It is highly unlikely that a player like Marcus Rashford or Timothy Fosu-Mensah would have been given a chance to impress under Mourinho.
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But for Woodward and the Glazer family, there is an ongoing dilemma. Do they keep the club's ethos intact and continue to linger outside the Premier League's elite or do they throw what Ferguson built out the window in exchange for short-lived success?
There is no doubt that Mourinho could take Manchester United back to the top of the Premier League, but whether he could keep them there in a similar manner to that of Ferguson is undeniably doubtful.
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