Just when critics of the former Chelsea coach were singing ‘khumbaya’ that he lost the contract, Fox Sports confirmed today that Mourinho has put pen to paper at the Old Trafford, after months of speculation.
The Portuguese will resume duties next season.
According to the report: “It is believed he has not fully agreed terms with United, but has signed on in principle to assume the position currently held by Louis van Gaal.
“Another report in Jornal de Noticias states that Mourinho has begun drafting his thoughts on each member of the United squad and preparing a transfer wish list for the summer.
“The most obvious arrival would appear to be PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has a particularly strong personal relationship with Mourinho.
The Swedish striker Ibrahimovic, it has been widely reported, will be a free agent in the summer. The super striker has made it clear that he wants to taste football in the Premier League which will likely be his last career club.
“Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches and Braga’s Rafa Silva have also been linked with a new-look Mourinho led United.
“Mourinho is believed to have drafted the list of targets under the assurances from the Old Trafford hierarchy that he will have full control over transfers at the club.
“The decision to install Mourinho will come as a bitter blow for Louis van Gaal, who guided United to a 2-1 FA Cup semi final victory over Everton on Saturday night.”
The Dutch manager was asked questions about his future with Manchester United following Saturday’s win, and he replied: “I am not looking beyond this competition and FA Cup because we live in the present and for the future, I discuss that with my board and not with you.”
Mou’s expected to be officially announced as the new manager in about 2 weeks.