Manchester United may have reportedly lost a golden opportunity to appoint Jose Mourinho as their next manager this summer because of no formal approach for his services till now and Valencia is believed to have hold talks with Mourinho already, The Sun reports.
The La Liga outfits have also been linked with speculations suggesting soon to be departed Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini could take charge this summer.
Gary Neville’s swift and brutal exit from Valencia could inflict some damaging knock-on effects in Manchester United’s pursuit of Jose Mourinho.
Neville, the former United defender was sacked by the Spanish side on Wednesday afternoon after a chastening four months in charge, with Valencia now 14th in La Liga, just six points above the relegation zone.
Interestingly, Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes is a very close advisor to the club’s owner Peter Lim and The Sun claims that an agreement is already in place for the Portuguese manager to take over at the Mestalla stadium at the end of this season.
The news would come as a shocking turnaround from last week, when Mourinho was reported to have signed a rumoured pre-contract agreement with the Old Trafford hierarchy to take over from Van Gaal this summer.
However, there happens to be no such confirmed source for the speculated agreement for Mourinho to take charge at United. It means Valencia could now pinch the former Chelsea manager from under the Premier League giant’s nose.
Mourinho has enjoyed his life in Spain before, with Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013, before the 53-year-old tactician had to spend an ultimately disastrous second spell at Chelsea.
If Manchester United loses out on Jose Mourinho, they may well decide not to axe van Gaal, who has still one year left on his current contract despite becoming increasingly unpopular among the United fans over a difficult season.
That mood could ultimately change if the Dutch manager steers United into the UEFA Champions League ahead of cross-city arch rivals Manchester City, who at the moment sitting only a point ahead in the tooth-and-nail race for fourth position in the top flight of English football.
Louis van Gaal has seen his side thrown out of the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup this season in a shameful way, but has been also praised for bringing up a number of talented academy prospects into the first team.
The list includes Marcus Rashford, the 18-year-old striker who has netted five goals in eight matches since his debut against FC Midtjylland of Denmark in February.