Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has thrown his full support for Jose Mourinho to take over at Old Trafford.
The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager has been heavily linked with the lucrative United job over the past few months, with current manager Louis van Gaal under increasing pressure at Old Trafford.
United are at the moment four points off a top-four spot in the Premier League and face a quite realistic possibility of missing out on Champions League qualification for a second time in three years.
And Forlan, who enjoyed a two years’ spell at United between 2002 and 2004, reckons Mourinho is right the man to steady the ship next season.
“I think with what they have gone through in the past two years United would be better to have a coach with Mourinho’s experience.” Forlan said while speaking to 888sport.
Last week some reports suggested that Jose Mourinho has demanded a written promise from Manchester United hierarchy that he will replace Louis van Gaal this summer.
There has been a vigorous campaign which suggested should the Red Devils fail to qualify for Europe’s elite club tournament next season then van Gaal will be shown the door.
It is believed there is a split at board level over his appointment – with United’s owners the Glazer family and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward interested but legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson and director Bobby Charlton not sure about Mourinho’s credentials.
The 64-year-old thinks Ferguson’s support and his impressive blooding of numerous young players this season – particularly striker Marcus Rashford – could help him to keep the job.
Meanwhile, reports in Holland suggest LVG has been given assurances over his future and also assured of a 100 million pounds transfer pot for the upcoming summer transfer window, with £50m-rated Everton hitman Romelu Lukaku believed to be his top priority target.
There is also a speculation that the Dutchman has apparently rejected an offer of a director position with the Netherlands FA.
Some powerful influences in the Old Trafford boardroom believe Mourinho cannot be fully trusted to keep faith with the club’s long-standing philosophy of bringing up home-grown talent from their Academy.
However, it is expected that Ed Woodward will have the final say on who will be the next manager, meaning Mourinho could still yet be appointed.
Jose Mourinho is also believed to have started house hunting in Cheshire as his move to Old Trafford edges closer. The Sun claim, the former Chelsea boss has already appointed an agent to look for suitable properties.