Louis van Gaal is now most likely to remain the Manchester United manager until the end of the season as it has emerged Jose Mourinho is unwilling to take over mid-way through the season.
Reports in England have claimed the Portuguese has agreed a three-year deal with Manchester United worth £15m and while the club is yet to confirm or deny this, speculations remain rife he will succeed Van Gaal in the summer.
According to the reports, the former English champions have also agreed to pay Mourinho a bonus of £4m if he wins the Premier League in his first season.
The 53-year old is however not prepared to replace Van Gaal now, as he prefers to wait till the end f the season, when he can start afresh, as it would afford him the opportunity to overhaul the squad to his taste, and prepare them for pre-season.
It is also understood that United are also reluctant to sack the embattled Dutchman now, as they are eager to give enough time to turn things around.
It is however expected he will be leaving Old Trafford in the summer, irrespective of how he ends the season, even though he will still have a year left on his contract then.
United have struggled this season and despite splashing the cash during the last summer transfer window, they failed to progress from a seemingly fair group in the Champions League, and have also been eliminated from the League Cup, and also sit fifth on the Premier League table.
The fans have continually called for his head, not just for the bad results, but for the style of play they find boring and unattractive.
They however responded with a big win over Shrewsbury Town in the fifth round of the FA Cup, but they have only just won six of their last 19 games in all competitions.