Will Jose Mourinho end up at Manchester United this summer - or will Louis van Gaal be allowed to see out the final year of his three-year contract?
This is the 64 million dollar question at the moment.
Nobody is quite sure what will happen at the end of the season and much could depend on where United finish in the Premier League table. However, Guillem Balague gave a fascinating update on the situation via Twitter on Wednesday night.
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According to the Spanish football expert, who works for Sky Sports and Spanish newspaper AS, Mourinho’s people say it’s a done deal with Manchester United. The Portuguese coach will, as planned, take over at Old Trafford this summer.
Balague adds that “most people” think it’s all done, too, even though Manchester United are saying no decision has been made and Louis van Gaal is convinced he’s staying put.
Real Madrid could capitalise
But if United are thinking about hiring Mourinho, they might want to act quickly.
It was reported by the Manchester Evening News on Wednesday that Mourinho has been left ‘rattled’ by reports Van Gaal has helped plan the club’s pre-season tour schedule and will have money to spend in the summer on new signings.
Furthermore, Balague has revealed that Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez is “confused” following Los Blancos’ surprise 2-0 defeat to Wolfsburg in the Champions League and “misses” the Portuguese coach.
Zidane under pressure against after Wolfsburg defeat
Zinedine Zidane appeared to have ensured he will still be in charge at the Bernabeu following last weekend’s victory over Barcelona in El Clasico, but questions are being asked of the inexperienced Frenchman again following Wednesday night’s woeful performance at the Volkswagen Arena.
Perez, if Real Madrid crash out of the Champions League next week, may follow in the footsteps of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich by offering Mourinho a second chance.
Whether the Portuguese tactician would be interested in a return to the Bernabeu is currently unclear. However, if it transpires that United will allow Van Gaal to stay for another season, the opportunity to move back to Real Madrid and manage arguably the world’s biggest club could prove irresistible.
Surely this is Van Gaal's final season?
It would be a surprise, though, if United allow Van Gaal to see out his contract - even if the Red Devils secure a top-four finish.
The veteran Dutch coach has spent around £250 million on players since arriving at Old Trafford in the summer of 2014 but has little to show for it.
United fans reacted badly on social media to reports claiming the 64-year-old will be staying put beyond this summer - and it’s not difficult to understand their frustrations, despite the recent wins over Manchester City and Everton.
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