Manchester United, Jose Mourinho Reach Pre-Contract Agreement: Report

Manchester United will reportedly appoint the Portuguese to replace Louis van Gaal. 

El Pais in Spain reported on Saturday that Manchester United have reached a pre-contract agreement with Jose Mourinho to become the club’s next manager.

According to the report, United will have to pay Mourinho £5 million (1 May) and a further £10 million (1 June) if they delay hiring the ex-Chelsea manager.

Mourinho, who appeared on BT Sport over the weekend, said in an interview that he was keen to return to management and would be at a new club next season.

With Van Gaal almost certain to be sacked at some point in the next few months, it seems inevitable that Mourinho will be the man to replace his former mentor. The 53-year-old was in the running three years ago when Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

If United do decide to appoint Mourinho, it will be a move that divides opinion. Many fans – and some high-ranking officials – remain opposed to the controversial and outlandish Portuguese becoming the club’s next manager.

After all, Mourinho and Chelsea remain involved in a legal battle with former club doctor, Eva Carneiro. That incident on the first day of the season was merely the beginning of what proved to be a tumultuous split between manager and club in the same calendar year that they won the Premier League title.

However, despite the fact that there are many reasonable concerns regarding Mourinho’s suitability for the job, he remains as close to a guarantee of success as there can be.

More than that, with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp already taking Liverpool in the right direction, perhaps United need someone like Mourinho in order to keep pace with their bitter rivals.

There exists a very real possibility that City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will battle it out for the Premier League title and Champions League places next season.

Who knows where the likes of Leicester City, West Ham United and Southampton will be after a summer spending spree.

Given that United are already behind most of the aforementioned teams, appointing a serial winner in the shape of Mourinho would enable the 13-time Premier League winners to compete for silverware once again.