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Manchester United refuse to comment on reports of Jose Mourinho talks

Head to head: Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal Credit: PA Images

Manchester United have declined to comment on reports that the club have held talks with representatives of Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho, who left Chelsea in December, is widely expected to be considered a contender for the role of United manager should Louis van Gaal depart Old Trafford in the summer.

United offered no response to the report, the latest to link Mourinho with Van Gaal's job.

Van Gaal has a year remaining on his contract after this season, in which he has attracted considerable criticism for the defensive, slow and possession-based style he has brought to United.

Manchester City announced on Monday that Bayern Munich's former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola will become their manager in the summer, and United will not want to lose ground on their neighbours.

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Pep Guardiola confident of juggling role at Bayern Munich with preparations for joining Man City

Coach Pep Guardiola from FC Bayern Munich during a training session in Munich, Germany Credit: Matthias Balk/DPA/PA Images

Pep Guardiola says he is "like a woman" and will be able to juggle his current role at Bayern Munich and preparations for life at Manchester City from the summer.

City confirmed Guardiola's appointment on a three-year contract on Monday, ending months of speculation over where his next destination would be with Chelsea and Manchester United also linked with him.

The Catalan, who said on Friday that the first contact with City came "in May or June", faces the challenge of ensuring his final season at Bayern ends with success on as many fronts as possible while ensuring he hits the ground running at the Etihad Stadium in the summer.

Asked how he would cope with that, he told reporters at a press conference: "I am like a woman, I can control both situations. I can think of both situations, so it's no problem for me."

The dream scenario of rounding off his Bayern reign with a Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal treble is still achievable, and Guardiola insisted his focus is still very much on his work in Germany.

"I had my first talks with (Manchester City) in May or June," he said. "When I am in England, I will say more about it.

"If people don't trust me, then I can't change that. I know this is new for Bayern Munich - a coach has never left them before, it has always been them getting rid of their coach.

"But I will be focusing on the team until my final day here, giving my best to the very last minute."

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