Jose Mourinho has reportedly told his close associates he will replace Louis van Gaal as the Manchester United manager in the summer ahead of the 2016/17 season.
The 53-year old was fired in December by Chelsea and has been out of work since then, and has been constantly linked to replace the embattled Van Gaal, who has been under intense scrutiny and pressure following Manchester United’s inconsistent run this season.
Mourinho is now understood to have told friends a move to Old Trafford is a ‘done deal’, even though the English giants are yet to make any statement regarding Van Gaal’s future.
The Dutchman has been constantly riled in press conferences over questions bordering on his future and despite still having one more year after the current season, it is believed he will not be in charge when the next season gets underway.
If United eventually hire Mourinho, it will reignite his rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who is joining Manchester City at the end of the current campaign.
Both men had a bitter feud while they were still the managers of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively and it is set to continue in England if United go with the Portuguese.