Following Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham on Tuesday night, there can’t be many fans at Old Trafford who want Louis van Gaal to remain in charge of their club beyond this summer.
The Dutch coach’s popularity as United boss is at an all-time low, with Champions League qualification now extremely doubtful.
Even victory over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on May 21 might not be enough to get the Red Devils’ faithful back onside. Van Gaal, it seems, is a dead man walking.
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Jose Mourinho remains the firm favourite to take over from Van Gaal this summer - despite photos of Sir Alex Ferguson and Mauricio Pochettino emerging from a London restaurant earlier this week - and was asked about his future after arriving in Mexico City to manage a FIFA legends team on Wednesday.
The charismatic manager has remained tight-lipped over his future since being sacked by Chelsea in December and didn’t give too much away with his latest comments, either.
Mourinho on his future
Asked if Manchester United’s defeat at Upton Park will affect his future, the 53-year-old was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying with an ‘enigmatic smile’: “There is plenty of time.”
Short and sweet. He didn’t rule anything out, but he also didn’t rule anything in.
Perhaps Mourinho himself isn’t even sure whether or not United are planning to stick with Van Gaal.
Mourinho: I will be back in July
However, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has reiterated that he will be back in management this summer.
“In July I will be back,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by the Associated Press (AP).
He also admitted pre-season will be “difficult” because, according to the AP, he will be locked into a schedule of friendlies “already decided by the club”.
Mourinho v Guardiola in pre-season?
Indeed, if Manchester United are his next employers he will begin his tenure with pre-season friendly matches in China.
The Red Devils face Borussia Dortmund on July 22, and Manchester City three days later.
The second of those two fixtures, if Manchester United turn to Mourinho, will set up a mouth-watering meeting between the Portuguese tactician and his old rival Pep Guardiola.
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