Jose Mourinho to Manchester United announcement expected in two weeks as Louis van Gaal faces reality

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Jose Mourinho will be announced as Manchester United manager in the next two weeks after signing a contract to replace Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, according to The Express.

The Express reports that United held off late competition from Paris Saint-Germain for the former Chelsea boss, who has been heavily linked with the Red Devils for several months.

United had hoped to wait until the end of the season to confirm Mourinho, but news of him signing a contract leaked in Portugal yesterday and has forced their hand, The Express adds.

Van Gaal, in his second year in charge, has been under increasing pressure throughout a season which appears likely to end without the promise of Champions League football for next term.

A stoppage-time winner from Anthony Martial against Everton on Saturday sent United into the FA Cup final, but Van Gaal has admitted that even that trophy might not guarantee his future.

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The Dutchman is quoted by The Sun as saying: “I am not looking beyond this competition.

“We live in the present. The future, I will discuss that with my board. I will not judge what winning the FA Cup means, that is for the board of Manchester United.”

If delivering United their first FA Cup triumph in 12 years is not enough to save Van Gaal’s job, then he has little other hope to cling on to as the Mourinho rumours continue to gather pace.

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