Jose Mourinho set to be confirmed as Man Utd manager

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Mourinho to replace Van Gaal at Man Utd
Mourinho to replace Van Gaal at Man Utd

Jose Mourinho is set to be confirmed as the new manager of Manchester United, with the news breaking a few minutes after Louis van Gaal guided the club to FA Cup final glory at Wembley.

Former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan coach Mourinho is set to take charge at Old Trafford on a three-year deal, but Van Gaal’s exit has still to be confirmed by the club.

However, with Joel, Bryan and Avram Glazer all at Wembley to witness the FA Cup Final victory against Crystal Palace, which was sealed by Jesse Lingard’s extra-time goal, the three United directors are understood to be planning to resolve Van Gaal’s situation at a meeting in London on Monday, which will also involve executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Mourinho, also in London to attend a David Haye fight at the O2 Arena, will take charge of United once Van Gaal’s departure is confirmed by the club.

Mourinho’s first game in charge is likely to be against Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on June 22 before facing neighbours Manchester City and their new coach, Pep Guardiola, in Beijing three days later.

United are determined to ensure Van Gaal’s departure is handled in a dignified manner, with the Dutchman’s contract paid up for the remaining year of his contract.

The former Ajax, Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach could yet be offered an ambassadorial role by the club, who have been impressed by the work  he has done behind the scenes at Old Trafford.

But after finishing fifth in the Premier League this season, and therefore missing out on the Champions League, United have decided to and replace Van Gaal with Mourinho.