MANCHESTER UNITED will announce Jose Mourinho as their next manager within the next two weeks after he signed a deal to replace Louis van Gaal.
The former Chelsea boss has been in the running to take over at Old Trafford since December but finally signed the contract at the end of last week, according to several sources.
The Sunday Express reports: “United bosses held off a late bid from French giants Paris St Germain to secure Mourinho’s services and had hoped to wait until the end of the season to make an announcement.
“They didn’t want any distractions ahead of their bid to finish in the places for Champions League qualification as well as FA Cup Final glory.”
However, United were forced to acknowledge the rumours after news that Mourinho had signed a contract with them leaked out in his native Portugal.
Despite leading the Red Devils to next month’s FA Cup final, Van Gaal’s future has been clouded for several months after United were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages and then failed to impress in the Europa League.
And with just four Premier League matches to play, they also look like missing out on the top four which would mean no Champions League football at all next season.
Mourinho, who will be handed full control of transfers, is reportedly already working on a list of targets as he looks to bolster a squad that has struggled particularly in front of goal.
That could mean a return for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who shares the same agent – Jorge Mendes – as Mourinho.
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