Mourinho May Have Signed Pre-contract With Manchester United

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, (THEWILL) – Reports claim that Jose Mourinho will replace Louis van Gaal as the next Man Utd manager in the summer having signed a pre-contract with the club.

According to a Spanish Newspaper, El Pais, the Portuguese has put pen to paper on a deal to succeed Van Gaal, and the former Chelsea manager is due up to £15m in compensation if he is not appointed by The Reds by June 1.

The report revealed that Mourinho felt he had a gentleman’s agreement to manage United and, despite support for Ryan Giggs from former United managers and players, Mourinho remains confident of replacing Van Gaal.

With Louis van Gaal’s position becoming increasingly untenable at Manchester United, there were rumours that the club held talks with Mourinho’s representatives earlier this year and Ed Woodward also contacted his agent, Jorge Mendes.

Mourinho had recently said in a Sport interview that he was ready to go back to work in July.

“I always feel that it’s better to wait, not to rush, better to be calm, to wait for the right moment, the right move,” he had said.

“I feel that starting the next season with a new club and project is probably the best thing for me.

“It’s quite a funny career. I am the English champion, and I still have no job.

“I read so many different things. One day it says I go to China, another day it says I go to Italy, and people say I’m back to Inter Milan. I’m here – probably, you are saying I will go to the Singapore national team.”

If appointed, Mourinho will be bringing a lot of record and managerial honours and would be coaching for the third time in England.

Mourinho’s managerial honours include:
Porto: Primera Liga 2002-03, 2003-04, Portuguese Cup 2002-03, Portuguese Super Cup 2003, Champions League 2003-04, UEFA Cup 2002-03

Chelsea: Premier League: 2004-05, 2005-06, FA Cup 2006-07, League Cup 2004-05, 2006-07, Community Shield 2005

Inter Milan: Serie A 2008-09, 2009-10, Italian Cup 2009-10, Italian Super Cup 2008, Champions League 2009-10

Real Madrid: La Liga 2011-12, Spanish Cup 2010-11, Spanish Super Cup 2012

Chelsea: Premier League 2014-15, League Cup 2014-15

Story by David Oputah