Mourinho and Man Utd talks continue

A close-up picture of Mourinho's notes as he returned home in London on Tuesday

A close-up picture of Mourinho’s notes as he returned home in London on Tuesday

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are set to enter a second day of talks, with the Portuguese expected to become the club’s next manager this week.

Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, met United officials on Tuesday but a deal has not yet been announced.

Louis van Gaal, 64, was sacked as United boss on Monday, two days after winning the FA Cup.

The Dutchman led United to fifth place in the Premier League but was dismissed for this season’s poor style of play.

He failed to get them past the Champions League group stages and was criticised for a lack of attacking football, with United only scoring 49 goals in the top flight.

Mendes is in negotiations with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in London, which will continue on Wednesday.

Mourinho’s probable appointment has been backed by some former United players, with ex-goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel saying the Portuguese “could save” the club and Hull City boss Steve Bruce believing the opportunity to bring in the three-time Premier League champion was “just too good to miss”.

Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti told BBC Sport Mourinho would be a “fantastic signing”, adding United had “lost its identity this last year”.

But Old Trafford legend Eric Cantona said his former club should have gone for incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola instead, saying he “loved” Mourinho but that his style of play is “not Manchester United”.

Retired Dutch international Ronald de Boer said Mourinho – who has won league titles in four countries as well as two Champions League trophies – was “similar” to Van Gaal in being a “workaholic” who “prepares perfectly on how to win”.

De Boer, who worked with Van Gaal at Ajax and both men at Barcelona, said about Mourinho: “Sometimes it is not pretty but he knows how to grind out wins. That is what you get.”

The future of assistant boss Ryan Giggs remains uncertain, with the 42-year-old unhappy at the way Van Gaal was dismissed.

He is weighing up an offer to extend his 29-year association with the club, having been passed over for the manager’s job for the second time.

Schmeichel believes Giggs should leave and “learn the trade” of management at another club, while former United assistant Rene Meulensteen told BBC Radio 5 live the Welshman had “all the attributes” to be a “very good manager”.

Mourinho, who has been available since Chelsea sacked him in December, is one of the game’s most successful coaches.

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be Mourinho’s first signing, with United interested in bringing in the 34-year-old after he left French champions Paris St-Germain.


Mourinho was surrounded by media outside his London home on Tuesday

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