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Manchester United face Real Madrid competition for heavyweight potential van Gaal replacement

If Manchester United are considering a move to bring Jose Mourinho to Old Trafford as a potential Louis van Gaal replacement, they may have to see off interest from Real Madrid.

According to The Times, Blancos chief Florentino Perez is keen to secure the Portuguese coach’s return to the Bernabeu, and is understood to have offered the axed Chelsea boss his former job back in the Spanish capital.

The report states that that the 52-year-old has been offered a long-term deal to rejoin the Merengues, with Perez hoping to install the Lusophone manager as an immediate replacement for Rafael Benitez.

The Spanish heavyweights currently sit third in La Liga, three points behind fierce rivals Atletico Madrid, and level on points with Barcelona.

However, Real may yet have to see off United in order to sign the in-demand coach, with The Times reporting that the Special One would rather move to Old Trafford than go back to his former club.

The Express have noted that United are considering Mourinho as a potential replacement for van Gaal, who is currently overseeing a miserable run of form.

Intriguingly, as reported by the Mirror, Mourinho actually has designs on the England job—potentially as a replacement for Roy Hodgson next summer.

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