“I don’t want to talk about leaving the club,”
Louis van Gaal
His arrival would mean that winning the FA Cup was the Dutchman’s final act as boss, two years after replacing David Moyes.
Mourinho has refused to comment on the latest reports but did congratulate Van Gaal on his success at Wembley.
Van Gaal meanwhile would not be drawn on his future in his post-match press conference and insisted he was thinking about how to improve United’s squad for next season.
“I show you the cup. I don’t discuss it with ‘friends’ of the media who sacked me six months ago, which manager could do that? I don’t want to talk about leaving the club,” he said.
“I said when I started as manager that we are in a process of transition. I have already said this a lot of times and I am repeating myself.
“I have to refresh my squad and I have done that in spite of many injuries this season and I have lifted the cup and that’s a title. It was three years ago since the club have done that and I am very proud that I am the first manager after Sir Alex Ferguson to have done that.
“I believe in refreshment of my squad but it depends on what players we purchase, you cannot stay with the same squad.
“Last summer I wanted fast wingers and we didn’t do that. You are thinking everything is possible at Manchester United but it’s not. We have a bigger chance than others because we are a rich club.”