Mourinho, Mendes locked in United talks – report

Matthew Stead

Jose Mourinho is close to becoming Manchester United’s next manager, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward holding talks with his agent Jorge Mendes in London.

Two days after leading United to their first major trophy of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, Louis van Gaal’s turbulent two-year Old Trafford reign was brought to an end.

The divisive Dutchman paid for United’s prosaic style and underwhelming substance, with Saturday’s FA Cup win unable to mask the poor Premier League performances that saw United miss out on Champions League qualification by goal difference.

Mourinho, his former assistant at Barcelona, looks a shoo-in for the job and Press Association Sport understands Woodward and Mendes are meeting in London to discuss the deal.

It is understood Ryan Giggs is considering an offer to remain with the club he has served for so long, although it is unclear what that role would be having been assistant to Van Gaal.

No official confirmation on the remainder of the Dutchman’s backroom team has been made, but it has been reported that assistant coaches Albert Stuivenberg and Frans Hoek, as well as performance analyst Max Reckers, have left.