Louis Van Gaal‘s future at Manchester United boss continues to be shrouded in mystery.
Ahead of United’s final Premier League game of the season against Bournemouth on Tuesday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) Sky Sports is reporting that Jose Mourinho has been assured of the job at Old Trafford should Louis van Gaal leave this summer.
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They claim that Mourinho, 53, has been told he is next in line to take charge of United, however it doesn’t seem like LVG will give up his job without a fight.
The Dutchman, 64, has repeatedly repeated his stance that he will remain in charge at Old Trafford next season even though qualification to the UEFA Champions League is all but over. United must beat Bournemouth at least 19-0 to leapfrog Manchester City into fourth place. That isn’t going to happen.
With the FA Cup final this Saturday at Wembley Stadium against Crystal Palace, it will be interesting to see what happens should LVG fail to deliver United’s first trophy since the Sir Alex Ferguson era ended.
Even if he does win the FA Cup, the failure to finish in the top four this season is heaping even more pressure on Van Gaal and United’s fans seem to be overwhelmingly in favor of a change at the top. Financially Van Gaal will be due a big pay off if United do decide to get rid of him and many still anticipate a change this summer despite LVG’s recent rhetoric.
Again, this isn’t anything too surprising as Mourinho would be the number one choice for many to replace Van Gaal at United. Yet, will the Portuguese coach hang around if Van Gaal isn’t fired or leaves early this summer? That’s the big gamble for United and Mourinho and his reps know it.
Paris Saint-Germain continue to be linked with a move for Mourinho, while the former Chelsea, FC Porto, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss has insisted time and time again over the past few months that he will be in a new job this July.
Without a job since last December when Chelsea fired him following a dreadful start to their 2014-15 Premier League title defense, we know United’s hierarchy have had their reservations about hiring Mourinho in the past due to his antics on and off the pitch. That said, you can’t argue with his trophy record. He’s won big wherever he’s gone and there’s nothing to suggest he won’t succeed at United.
With a seventh, fourth and now fifth/sixth place finish in the last three PL seasons, it seems like United are willing to hand Mourinho the keys this summer.
They’ll have to get rid of Louis first…