Man United to ap­point Mour­inho

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

London: Manch­ester United are set to ap­point Jose Mour­inho as their new man­ager, BBC Sport un­der­stands.

It is be­lieved a deal with the 53-year-old Por­tuguese was agreed in prin­ci­ple be­fore United’s FA Cup fi­nal win against Crys­tal Palace on Satur­day. With United fail­ing to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League un­der Louis van Gaal, the Old Traf­ford hi­er­ar­chy is thought to have de­cided a change is re­quired. Mour­inho has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in De­cem­ber. The club plan to an­nounce his ar­rival early next week af­ter telling Van Gaal, 64, his reign has come to an end.

Van Gaal re­mains de­fi­ant

In the post-match news con­fer­ence fol­low­ing United’s FA Cup win, the Dutch­man said: “I show you the cup and I don’t dis­cuss it [my fu­ture] with my friends of the me­dia, who al­ready sacked me for six months. Which man­ager can do what I have done?” When pressed on whether he will be at Old Traf­ford as man­ager of United next sea­son, he replied: “I hope to see you. I don’t want to talk about leav­ing this club.” The Dutch­man still has one sea­son re­main­ing on his three-year deal, but de­spite spend­ing £250m on new play­ers, his ten­ure has dis­ap­pointed many fans, the club fin­ish­ing fourth and then fifth in the Pre­mier League.

Mour­inho re­mains si­lent

Van Gaal’s grip on his job has seemed in­creas­ingly frag­ile this sea­son, with Mour­inho known to covet the task of mas­ter­mind­ing a re­vival at United three years af­ter leg­endary for­mer man­ager Sir Alex Fer­gu­son stepped down. The Por­tuguese was at heavy­weight boxer David Haye’s win in London on Satur­day evening but re­peat­edly de­clined to com­ment on whether he was about to suc­ceed Van Gaal. Mour­inho is one of the game’s most suc­cess­ful coaches, win­ning three league titles in his two spells at Stam­ford Bridge, as well as guid­ing Porto and In­ter Mi­lan to Cham­pi­ons League vic­to­ries in 2004 and 2010 re­spec­tively.

Jose Mour­inho.

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