According to a report from The Sun, Manchester United’s American owners will now take the final decision on whether to fire Louis van Gaal or not after Mourinho principally agreed to take charge at Old Trafford.
Mourinho and the United officials already had an urgent meeting today and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is in a hurry to ensure a quick replacement for under-fire van Gaal.
The Daily Express also reports that Mourinho has initially agreed to a 5-year deal and will be appointed as van Gaal’s successor after the Christmas.
Now all that remains is for the Glazer family to officially decide and announce before making the managerial change, and the dilemma is whether to axe van Gaal right now or give him one last chance in the Boxing Day away fixture with Stoke City.
The Old Trafford board was however not interested in taking any negative step against the Dutch manager, who according to them was United’s first real choice as manager after agreeing with Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice in appointing David Moyes.
But the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Norwich last Saturday, was the third consecutive defeat for the Red Devils and the most worrying fact is that the squad under LVG seems to be short of any inspiration.
A top-four finish and a Champions League qualification was the minimum result they expected from this season after supporting van Gaal to the tune of £300million since his arrival at Old Trafford.
But having slipped down to the fifth position in the league table suggested that something needs to be done to avoid spending one more season in the European wilderness.
Van Gaal’S future at Old Trafford has become increasingly uncertain, with the sudden availability of a high profile coach in Mourinho.
Woodward has done his job by making sure Mourinho is ready to take charge if needed, so now it’s just up to the Glazer Family to give the welcome nod.
United hierarchy not just considering the last six matches, they are also aware that since April van Gaal has managed to win just 14 games out of 33 fixtures.
The trend is long term downward which has given former players a chance to openly criticise his tactics, and now the supporters also turning on their manager.
Manchester United have long had a reputation of supporters who have stuck by their bosses till the end, but a recent poll returned a staggering 88 per cent United fans in favour of firing van Gaal as soon as possible.
The Glazer brothers already know, they have no right to gamble with a top four finish or going against the majority of the fans, it is just a case of whether to make a decision now or cautiously watch if there are any signs of improvement against Stoke on Saturday.