While Jose Mourinho has not yet been confirmed as the new manager of Manchester United, the Portuguese is reportedly already working on some high profile transfers for the club.
The ‘Mourinho to Manchester United’ saga rolls on even as the Red Devils make a belated charge for the final Champions League spot in the Premier League.
Just a couple of weeks after it was reported that Mourinho had signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United, it has emerged that he may already be working on the transfer moves he’d like to orchestrate at Old Trafford.
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who is associated with the likes of Sky Sports and the Guardian, Mourinho is all but confirmed to be the manager at Manchester United next season.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 4, 2016
This is the latest piece of news indicating that the Portuguese will indeed be taking up the managerial role at the Theatre of Dreams, despite claims from detractors — some within the Manchester United hierarchy — who believe he may not be a good fit.
Van Gaal needs wins to avoid axe
Some of the more optimistic supporters at Old Trafford still believe that Dutch manager Louis van Gaal will see out the three years of his contract, which ends in 2017, and then hand over the reins to assistant manager and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.
While that may have been the original plan, Van Gaal’s performance these past two seasons has been lacking. Manchester United are already out of European competition and are battling for the fourth spot in the league table, a far cry from the ambitions of the historic club.
However, the Red Devils are still in the running for the FA Cup. Winning that trophy, along with ensuring Champions League football next season, could be enough to help Van Gaal avoid the sack. However, with Pep Guardiola on his way to Manchester City, United will be tempted to bring in his nemesis to counter their city rivals.