According to a report from Italian news outlet Tuttomercatoweb, former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has agreed on a deal to take over from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
The Dutch manager is under immense pressure following a series of frustrating performance including the shocking 1-0 loss to Southampton which left the Red Devils five points behind the top four.
The report however claims a deal already has been struck by the United hierarchy and now all that is left to be agreed is the exact date when Jose Mourinho will be officially announced as the new Manchester United manager .
Louis van Gaal had all the support from United chief Ed Woodward but recent reports suggest the 64-year-old Dutch tactician will be let go by Old Trafford hierarchy at the end of this season.
Woodward expectedly not likely to continue his backing for the 64-year-old manager without having the much needed support of the Glazer family, so for the time being, it seems the owners also have faith in their manager.
Having sanctioned almost £300million for transfer spending since 2013 and appointed David Moyes and van Gaal as managers, Woodward also has a great interest in seeing long-term success.
It is also believed that some senior players are actually demanding a change of manager, with Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini the latest to feel disappointed with van Gaal’s treatment.
Dissent with the Dutchman’s tactics is increasingly creating tension in the dressing room, and most of the senior players are not ready to stamp it out like they used to do in Roy Keane and Gary Neville’s day. Instead, captain Rooney along with Michael Carrick have voiced their concerns and had several discussions with van Gaal.
The Dutch manager’s tumultuous position at Old Trafford is being seriously eroded and even his family are actually worried about the situation, they think the pressure of the job is taking its toll on him. Some reports suggest they even spoke to him when he reached home in Holland to celebrate daughter’s birthday.
There are also several reports which claim Ryan Giggs may step down if Jose Mourinho takes charge and which now seems to be a likely scenario. According to the Daily Mirror the van Gaal’s current no.2 wants to be the Dutchman’s replacement after serving under him throughout his tenure.
Manchester United will now look to bounce back hard from the defeat to Southampton in their FA Cup fourth round fixture against Derby on Friday evening.