Manchester United have predictably declined to comment on reports that the club have held talks with representatives of Jose Mourinho about replacing Louis van Gaal.
TEAMtalk via Spanish paper El Confedential reported the news on Friday that Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes had agreed a pathway for the Portuguese boss to take over from Van Gaal at the end of the season.
And on Friday evening the BBC and the Manchester Evening News caught up and reported that discussions had taken place with the Old Trafford club.
United have offered no response to the report with Van Gaal still in situ with more than a year to run on his deal which expires in the summer of 2017.
Van Gaal has been heaviliy criticised this season for United’s defensive and slow possession-based style which has seen them slip 10 points behind league leaders Leicester.
The Daily Star have claimed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already decided to sack Van Gaal at the end of the campaign and the latest reports of discussions with Mourinho seem to corroborate that story.
Rivals Manchester City announced on Monday that Bayern Munich’s former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola will become their manager in the summer, and United will not want to lose ground on their neighbours.
Mourinho won the Premier League title three times with Chelsea and has achieved success wherever he has managed, including Porto, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.