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Mourinho one step closer to Man Utd appointment as talks continue

Jose Mourinho outside his London home yesterday Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho is closing in on a deal to become Manchester United's new manager as talks continue.

Negotiations between the team's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes, began yesterday and are set to resume today.

Former Old Trafford boss, Louis van Gaal's turbulent two years with the team was brought to an end on Monday after he was sacked.


Louis van Gaal 'sacked' by Manchester United

Louis van Gaal is reported to have been sacked. Credit: PA

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been reportedly been sacked by the club.

No official statement regarding his future has been released yet but it is rumoured that Jose Mourinho has been appointed to take over.

Removal men were spotted at Mourinho's London home. Credit: PA

Earlier boxes were seen being removed from Mourinho's London home prompting speculation he is moving to Old Trafford.

As he left Mourinho told waiting reporters "go home, go home" as they asked him about his potential new job.

Van Gaal: It's over

Louis van Gaal. Credit: PA

Louis van Gaal departed Manchester United's London team hotel on Sunday morning after the club's FA Cup triumph and was greeted by a number of supporters and journalists.

When asked by a Sky Sports reporter if he would stop to comment on his future, Van Gaal refused and said: "It's over."

Given the brevity of the comment, it was not clear whether that meant the Dutchman had been told his time at United was at an end.

Jose Mourinho, strongly tipped to replace Van Gaal at Old Trafford, refused to comment about the job when asked about it at ringside ahead of David Haye's bout in London on Saturday night.


Louis van Gaal coy on Manchester United future

Louis van Gaal played down speculation that he will leave his role of manager of Manchester United just hours after winning the FA Cup.

Asked whether he would still be at Old Trafford next season, the 64-year-old Dutchman said: "I have signed for three years, so you never know".

Rumours have mounted in recent weeks that former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would replace the former Barcelona and Ajax coach in Manchester at the end of the season.

Speaking after his team's 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace at Wembley, van Gaal said he was "proud" to have won the club's latest major silverware since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

In a later press conference, van Gaal said he didn't want to discuss the prospect of leaving the club with the press who "sacked him already".

Van Gaal: FA Cup bigger than top four for Man United

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes lifting the FA Cup at Wembley will do more for his side than qualifying for the Champions League.

Can Van Gaal lead United to FA Cup glory? Credit: PA

United finished fifth in the Premier League, meaning they lose their seat at European football's top table next term, but Van Gaal thinks victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday will help galvanize his squad.

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger has previously described finishing in the top four as the equivalent of a trophy, but the Dutchman thinks cup glory brings a different kind of excitement to players and fans.

United have not laid their hands on silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013 and Van Gaal is eager to change that.

He said:

Qualification is not a title...a title is the FA Cup, the championship. It is important for the players. They can look at and hold the cup, that's an exciting moment and especially here in England because the FA Cup is a big title.

Also for Manchester United it is a big title. I have read that the club's last FA Cup was 2004 so that's a long time ago. The fans are more concerned about the title than I because the title for the fans is fantastic. We want to give it (to them).

– Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal
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