Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, reportedly held talks with Ed Woodward this week so seek clarification over his client’s future following reports that van Gaal was set to remain in charge next season.
Mourinho is said to be ‘satisfied’ with the latest updates and he is confident he will replace van Gaal. Mendes has also reportedly been told van Gaal’s contract includes a fourth place clause, which means United can sack the Dutchman without paying him full compensation if he fails to clinch a Champions League qualifying spot.
Mourinho is a proven, world-class manager who will undoubtedly bring success to the club were he to take charge. Meanwhile, van Gaal has overseen some horrendous results and performances over the course of the campaign. It really is a no-brainer as far as United are concerned.
That being said, the idea that the entire decision pivots on whether United sneak into the top four this season or not is horrifying and is probably more hinged on the fact United could then sack van Gaal without having to pay him the remainder of his contract due to a release clause. After all, we’re a business first and a football club second for the Glazers.
Even the concept that United would sack van Gaal if we finished fifth but keep him if we finished fourth is bordering preposterous. Regardless of where we do finish this season it won’t be enough progress to justify him keeping his job because the fans, and by the looks of it the players, have lost belief he is the right man to take us forward.