Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly held talks with Manchester United’s hierarchy to discuss if and when the club should sack under-fire manager Louis van Gaal.
The former United boss, together with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and former chief executive David Gill, are reported to have held emergency talks at Old Trafford on Monday.
Club officials are faced with a huge decision over the Dutchman’s future after he came under increasing pressure following a month which has seen United crash out of the Champions League and suffer successive Premier League defeats to Bournemouth and Norwich.
Reports in Spain on Monday evening claimed former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has already accepted a five-year deal to become Manchester United manager, although our understanding is that these reports are premature and the Portuguese coach is also being courted by his former club Real Madrid.
United owners Joel and Avram Glazer have left the decision over the manager to Woodward and his fellow board members based in the UK, and he is leaning heavily on Sir Alex and Gill for his soundings.
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Both are supporters of Van Gaal still, who took training on Monday, but both are aware that if they don’t act swiftly then they could lose Mourinho as a potential replacement, because of the situation at the Bernabeu.
Ferguson, who bossed United for 26 successful seasons before calling time on his career in May 2013, is good friends with both Van Gaal and Mourinho. In his role as club ambassador, Ferguson has had a say in the appointments of his successor David Moyes and Van Gaal, and while anxious to ensure United don’t become a sacking club, will want to ensure they are on the right path for long-term success.
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