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Manchester United tell Mourinho the identity of front-runner in next manager hunt

According to The Sun, Manchester United have told Jose Mourinho within the last two days that he will still be the club’s next manager.

Names such as Laurent Blanc—the successful Paris Saint-Germain coach—have been raised recently as possible replacements for Louis van Gaal [as per The Sun], but the tabloid confirms that the Red Devils retain faith in the Portuguese manager and are still keen to make him the main man at Old Trafford.

The Sun also note that the club and the Portuguese manager—who was dismissed by Chelsea at the end of 2015—have been in discussions this week, and are approaching a conclusion which would see the former FC Porto and Real Madrid boss become the highest-paid coach in the world game.

Van Gaal was appointed at the beginning of last season following the failed 10-month experiment David Moyes, who endured an unhappy spell at the club following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

While the Dutch manager initially oversaw an upturn in fortunes, helping the Red Devils back to the Champions League, he has been unable to build on that success this term.

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Indeed, United were dumped out of the European Cup in the group stage, and it remains to be seen whether they will be able to return to the continent’s premier club competition ahead of next season.

They currently sit fifth in the Premier League, five points behind Arsenal and Manchester City having played a game fewer than their rivals.

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