Jose Mourinho has reportedly demanded a written promise from Manchester United hierarchy that he will replace Louis van Gaal this summer.
The Portuguese manager, sacked by Chelsea back in December, has long been linked with Van Gaal’s job at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are right now one place outside the Premier League top four and were also knocked out of the Champions League at the group stages.
There have 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.
Mourinho has publicly expressed his desire for a new job in time for next season and despite his agent Jorge Mendes holding numerous talks with United over the past few months, a concrete deal has yet to be offered.
And according to the latest report from The Sun, ‘twitchy’ Mourinho demands a written promise from Old Trafford board that he will be appointed as next United boss this summer.
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.
Ferguson last week sensationally backed Van Gaal to stay and the pressure has relatively eased on him with successive 1-0 victories over Everton and Manchester City, as well as an FA Cup quarter-final replay at West Ham to come.
And according to Daily Mirror, Van Gaal firmly believes he will remain as United manager next season – even if they do not finish in the top four.
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.
Manchester United are next in action on Sunday when they travel to White Hart Lane to face title challengers Tottenham.