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Mourinho's Man Utd talks sparked by Van Gaal rethink

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Mourinho's Man Utd talks dominate Sunday World back page
Mourinho's Man Utd talks dominate Sunday World back page

Jose Mourinho is on the brink of securing his dream job as Manchester United manager - but only after Louis van Gaal confirmed he will consider his position as the club’s manager at the end of this season.

Old Trafford chiefs have held talks with Mourinho’s advisers in recent days, with the wheels set in motion to install the sacked Chelsea boss as United manager ahead of the start of next season.

Yet the Sunday World understands that Mourinho only gave permission for United talks to get underway after Van Gaal suggested he was ready to retire in May.

Mourinho was determined to avoid the perception that he was campaigning to he replace Van Gaal while his one-time mentor remained in position at Old Trafford.

All that changed after Van Gaal informed United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that he intended to bring forward his retirement date following last month’s home defeat against Southampton.

Manchester City have confirmed that Pep Guardiola take over as their new manager next season, but United do not intend to follow that lead in the coming weeks.

Get all the details in the Sunday World newspaper, as well as comprehensive coverage of all GAA, rugby and racing action this weekend.