Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has agreed personal terms with Manchester United, according to Sky Sports News. The Special One is expected to be unveiled as Louis van Gaal's successor later this week, after the Dutchman was sacked following United's FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace on 21 May.
While Mourinho is understood to have agreed his salary and contract length – believed to be three years – with the Manchester club, outstanding issues over image rights conflicts need to be ironed out before a contract is signed. Mourinho and United both have a string of commercial partnerships and each party will look at honouring their respective sponsorship agreements should the deal be finalised.
The Portuguese manager enjoyed immense success with Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles during his two stints at Stamford Bridge as well as every other domestic honour. He is widely tipped to be a success at Old Trafford.
Former shot stopper and Manchester United legend, Peter Schmeichel, said Mourinho "could save" the club following a disastrous 2015/16 campaign. Ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti agreed that United "had lost its identity last year" and said securing Mourinho would be a "fantastic signing."
But not everybody was backing Mourinho, who has won the league title in every country where he has managed. Former United legend Eric Cantona said that while he "loved" Mourinho, his style of play does not suit the Manchester outfit.
Although he is yet to be officially announced as United's boss, Mourinho is said to be keen on bringing former PSG striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to the club. The Swede is currently a free agent and is reportedly keen to link up with his former manager at Old Trafford, after the pair enjoyed huge success at Inter Milan after winning the Italian league.
Mourinho has reportedly told United's executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, to splash the cash and sign a new centre-back, two midfielders and a striker. Woodward is set to continue talks with Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes, well into Wednesday (25 May).