Ed Woodward has asked Jose Mourinho to wait another year before taking over at Manchester United, according to reports.
Former Chelsea manager Mourinho has been heavily linked with the managerial post at United since December, with current incumbent Louis van Gaal under increasing pressure at Old Trafford.
It has been widely reported that Mourinho would replace Van Gaal as boss in the summer, but The Sun have handily provided us an update on proceedings.
According to a Phil Cadden exclusive, United executive vice-chairman Woodward asked Mourinho to wait one more year before becoming manager.
The Portuguese ‘wants to be back in football this summer’ however, and so will reject such an offer.
Van Gaal has one more year remaining on his contract at Old Trafford, and although Champions League qualification looks unlikely this season, Woodward is said to be reluctant to sack the Dutchman.
Cadden writes that Woodward does not wish to fire Van Gaal ‘because it would be further evidence of his error in appointing the Dutchman in the first place’.
Cadden tell us that Mourinho ‘now believes he is closer than at any stage to being confirmed as the next United boss,’ and he ‘does not want to wait any longer than the next few weeks before getting back to work’. If Woodward remains as ‘reluctant’ as is claimed, he might have to.
Van Gaal will also remain as United manager until at least after the FA Cup, as Cadden writes:
‘Van Gaal’s predecessor David Moyes was sacked in 2014 as soon as his team could no longer make the Champions League places but the looming date at Wembley will see the Dutchman limp on for a few more weeks.’