Jose Mourinho is “confident” he will be Manchester United manager by the start of next season, the Independent on Sunday has been told.
Mourinho’s confidence shouldn’t come as a surprise to most people as modesty is not exactly his strong point.
Many of the Old Trafford hierarchy are now feeling that it is necessary to appoint the Portuguese as Manchester City have secured Pep Guardiola.
Louis van Gaal is widely expected to leave in the summer after an underwhelming second season, and Mourinho’s representatives believe the club is ready to hand the job to their client after recent discussions – though no deal is yet fully done.
Manchester United refused to comment on Friday-night reports by the BBC that they had been talking to the former Chelsea manager, but it is understood there has been contact between the two parties for well over a month.