Manchester United are considering moving Louis van Gaal into a director of football role in order to appoint Jose Mourinho as manager, according to reports.
Van Gaal has come under intense scrutiny this season after failing to lead United to Champions League qualification, with the FA Cup final representing one final opportunity to salvage something from a difficult campaign.
Mourinho has been heavily linked with replacing the Dutchman since December, and is widely expected to become the next United manager either this summer or next.
According to the latest reports, the Portuguese will be appointed soon, but Van Gaal will not necessarily leave the club.
You already know who brings us such an exclusive. Neil Custis of The Sun tells us that Van Gaal ‘will be given a director of football role at the club’, allowing for Mourinho to be appointed as his replacement.
‘That will see Van Gaal complete his three-year contract at the club and leave next summer,’ writes Custis. ‘Despite this season’s poor campaign Van Gaal remains popular with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward who still wants to use his vast footballing knowledge at the club.
‘But Woodward accepts there has to be change now in the managerial seat with Mourinho available.’
Custis adds that Mourinho and Van Gaal are ‘good friends’, and that they have worked together before at Barcelona, with the Portuguese acting as assistant at the Nou Camp under the Dutchman.
Could both egos really handle such an arrangement?