Jose Mourinho believes the Manchester United job will be his within six months. That is according to the Sun, who report the Special One has asked his usual backroom staff about the possibility of joining him at Old Trafford.
Improved performances against Chelsea and Swansea City appeared to have bought Louis van Gaal more time. However, a lacklustre display against Sheffield United, and a 3-3 draw with Newcastle United - which made it one win in eight Premier League matches - has piled the pressure back on the Dutchman.
The Red Devils are five points behind fourth place Tottenham Hotspur and face a crucial derby with Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. Anything less than a victory would leave Van Gaal in a very precarious position.
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Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December, has been a long-term admirer of the Manchester United hotseat and was said to have cried when he was overlooked for the job in favour of David Moyes.
Sir Alex Ferguson is a fan of the Portuguese and the Sun reports there has been informal contact between the pair.
Mourinho insisted he was ready to jump straight back into management after leaving Stamford Bridge and has remained in London while he searches for his next job.
There have been reports that Ferguson could return to aid Ryan Giggs if Van Gaal was sacked and there are sections of the United board who are unsure about Mourinho.
It is an uncertain time in Manchester at the minute as the club continue to struggle in the post-Ferguson era and the board at Old Trafford have some big decisions to make in the coming months.
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