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Published: 08:45 | 24/5/16

Mourinho set for United job

Jose Mourinho is close to agreeing a deal to succeed Louis Van Gaal as Manchester United manager.

Van Gaal's two-year tenure was finally brought to an end on Monday evening just 48 hours after the club's victory in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, with the Dutchman paying the price for missing out on a lucrative Champions League place.

United are unlikely to waste too much time before appointing his successor and could have a new manager in place before the weekend, with Mourinho ready to step into the hotseat. Indeed, reports on Tuesday suggest that Mourinho is close to agreeing personal terms with the club.

Mourinho has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in December after a dismal start to the campaign that left the then Premier League champions languishing near the relegation zone.

His exit coincided with a poor run of results for United and, while results improved, he has been repeatedly linked with a move to Old Trafford and he could finally put pen to paper on a deal to take charge of the Red Devils.

Former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes Mourinho could save United but believes he will have to changes his ways

"On the top of Mourinho's list was always Manchester United, now he has the opportunity," Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 live.

"Mourinho is not an easy call to make for the owners and leaders because if he was the right man, he would have been picked before, that was the obvious choice.

"He has fallen out with a director of football at a club, a president, a team doctor. He has done things that are not in the way Manchester United wants the football club to run.

"All these issues would have been brought up and I am sure it will have been run by Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton. Without them saying 'yes' to him, it would not happen. Therefore if he comes in he is a good choice.

"He will be prepared and ready to do it but he has to go back to the values of the football club - a very strong team consisting of exciting players which are creating chances and scoring goals. All that has been missing.

"Now they have a guy that is supposed to be the biggest manager in the world, the one that really could save Manchester United. It has been a brave decision but one that is long overdue.

"Mourinho knows why he has not been asked in the past, would you not then change yourself and accommodate what the job really is about at this football club?"

Mourinho is likely to want to appoint Rui Faria as his assistant manager with Ryan Giggs likely to be offered a role on the coaching staff.

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