Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told close friends that he will take over as Manchester United manager this summer, according to British tabloids.
The Daily Mail, like the Daily Express and Daily Mirror, reports that he has said it’s done deal for him to replace Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford.
Mourinho, who has won three English Premier League titles in five EPL seasons, was fired in December by Chelsea, which collapsed this season after winning last year’s Premier League title. Two of the three EPL titles came in Mourinho’s first stint with Chelsea, from 2004 to 2007. He went on to coach at Inter Milan and Real Madrid before returning to Stamford Bridge in 2013.
Van Gaal is under contract through the 2016-17 season, but reports out of England have Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, under presser to appoint a manager who can make Man U a title contender. The team, which spent $375 million on new players over the last 18 months, is six points behind the fourth-place team in the league.