Mourinho's agent denies Jose has agreed to replace Van Gaal at Man Utd

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Jorge Mendes says there is no agrrement between his man and Man Utd
Jorge Mendes says there is no agrrement between his man and Man Utd

Jose Mourinho's agent has denied a deal has been struck for his client to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager.

Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea last week, has been linked with the position at Old Trafford after United dropped out of the top four and crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage.

But Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes, speaking to Globoesporte, insisted there had been no approach from United for his client's services.

"There is nothing," Mendes said when asked about reports the former Chelsea manager had agreed to take over at Old Trafford.

"We don't know what will happen in the future, but now there is no agreement. There isn't an official proposal either, that's not true."

The statement from Mendes comes at the end of day that many suspected would end with Louis van Gaal being dismissed as Manchester United manager.

Rumours that United were preparing to release a statement confirming Van Gaal's exit surfaced earlier on Tuesday, with suggestions that an official announcement would come in the early evening proving to be false.

A meeting attended by Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in London was reported to be focused on resolving Van Gaal's future, but it now appears it was relating to a new business deal for the Old Trafford club.

Van Gaal is now expected to attend a media conference ahead of his side's St Stephen's Day game against Stoke, as the debate over his future continues to dominate the football agenda. The Dutchman is due to conduct his weekly press conference at United's training complex at 3:30pm.

Mourinho's eagerness to return to the game is evident from the noises emerging from his camp in recent days, but there does not appear to be a vacancy for him to fill at Old Trafford yet.

Defeat for Van Gaal and United in their Christmas fixtures against Stoke and Chelsea may well shift the narrative in this soap opera once more, with Mourinho still the strong favourite to take over as United boss if a change is made.