Representatives of Manchester United have held talks with the counterparts of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the possibility of taking over the reins, a BBC report has claimed.
The club officials have so far not reacted to the story, and the topic is likely to set the mood as United manager Louis van Gaal takes his team to Stamford Bridge for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea.
The report though says nothing concrete came out of the supposed meeting, adding that negotiations have only begun. The BBC also claims Dutchman van Gaal will prematurely end his contract with United at the end of this season, a year earlier than scheduled.
“The United hierarchy are thought to be keen to respond after Manchester City secured the services of coveted former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola earlier this week,” the report added. Current Bayern Munich manager, Guardiola, will take over the hot seat from Chilean Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season.
The report will not help van Gaal at the pre-match media interaction, with the Dutchman already slamming the media for ‘firing him’ many times already this season. Van Gaal, after United’s win over Derby County in the FA Cup had claimed confidence is back at his club.
“I’m very happy. The result and the performance was good. The confidence is back,” the manager said after the win. “It was maybe better than we had trained. We played at the right time against the resistance of Derby. We gave their goal away but at half-time I said that it was a good performance, keep it up and we will win. And we did.”
Manchester United are currently fifth in the table with 40 points from 24 matches.