He will command wages of around £250,000-a-week but Mourinho has told United he wants him and, as Starsport revealed yesterday, the club will pay up with a £200m transfer kitty available to the incoming boss.
Van Gaal arrived at United’s training ground at 8.45am yesterday after demanding answers from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about his future.
The Dutchman is believed to have been livid he was left in the dark despite reports that Mourinho was set to take charge coming out moments after United lifted the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday.
League Manager’s Association lawyer Paul Gilroy QC arrived at Carrington at 9.30am which signalled severance talks were about to get underway.
Van Gaal did not leave Carrington until close to 5pm when he was chauffeured out of the training ground by a security guard.
The Dutchman was expecting to have his remaining year paid off in full – around £7m – but that figure may now be closer to £5m including a £400,000 bonus for winning the FA Cup.