‘Mourinho could take over United much earlier’

Inter Milan's Portuguese  coach Jose MouMANCHESTER United could reportedly replace Louis van Gaal with Jose Mourinho before the Red Devils’ next Premier League outing—their match with Arsenal at Old Trafford on February 28.

That is according to the Sun’s top writer, Neil Custis, in an exclusive for the Sun, who reported United had intended to wait until the end of the season, but following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Sunderland, “they believe they will lose nothing” in acting now.

The club are reportedly “convinced” their supporters would welcome Mourinho as they “pay close attention” to their fanbase on social media.

United’s apparent haste to land Mourinho might also be driven by their fear of missing out on the Special One if they wait too long.

Van Gaal’s future is further cast in doubt by Guy Patrick’s exclusive in the Sun, as he reported the Dutchman is set to move into a new flat, but rather than commit to a six-month tenancy, he’s agreed to pay £4,500 in rent on a rolling monthly basis—£1,500 per month more than he would have with a fixed term—so he can leave “at the drop of a hat.”

Per Patrick, a “United source” said: “Fans will speculate that this means the end is nigh for Louis—and that might well be the case. But it could also mean that he wants to actually buy somewhere here and wants to be able to move in as quickly as possible.”

Yet, more pressure was heaped on the beleaguered manager on Saturday as fifth-placed United lost to relegation candidates Sunderland – the Black Cats’ first win in five games, ensuring they failed to close the gap on the top four.

Luckily for United, the top four all played each other, and with Manchester City losing, UEFA Champions League football is still just six points away.

With Leicester City 12 points ahead and north London duo Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal both 10 points clear of United, any traces of faint title hopes must surely have evaporated, though, and based on the Red Devils’ current form, even a six-point gap looks too difficult to overcome.

– Bleacher Report


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