Manchester United have assured Jose Mourinho they will appoint him as their new manager this summer, according to widespread reports.
The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter boss has been in Manchester this week to fuel speculation he will be confirmed as Louis van Gaal’s replacement ahead of next season and it does look increasingly likely he will be in the Old Trafford hot-seat come the summer.
Mourinho has not publicly commented on the rumours and reports but it would be a major surprise now if the Red Devils go down another route with club officials all said to be convinced the Portuguese is the man to revive United’s fortunes after a difficult few years following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in November after a poor start to the season but just months after leading them to the Premier League title, has held private discussions with intermediaries and some United officials and a deal appears to be in place with the club likely to appoint him as soon as possible once the season ends after United take on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Final on May 21.
Current boss Van Gaal has endured a difficult ride and, despite guiding them to Wembley in the Cup and a possible top-four finish, some fans and players are unhappy with his methods, citing unexciting football and a string of poor results and performances over the winter as evidence his spell in charge is not working.
French giants Paris Saint-Germain were interested in appointing Mourinho as well but his heart seems set on returning to management in the Premier League and Mourinho is poised for Old Trafford.