REVEALED: Manchester United hold talks with Mourinho representatives
17:00, 5 FEB 2016
BY SAMUEL LUCKHURST
Louis van Gaal continues to remain in charge but Man Utd have held talks with Jose Mourinho's representatives about taking over.
Manchester United have held talks with Jose Mourinho's representatives about the possibility of the Portuguese succeeding Louis van Gaal.
Reports that United and former Chelsea manager Mourinho have reached an agreement on a deal are untrue, however M.E.N. Sport understands communication between both parties has taken place over the last two weeks.
This week's announcement that Pep Guardiola would take over at City had no bearing on United's movements, since club suits were convinced the Bayern Munich coach had agreed to take over at the Etihad last year.Although United and Van Gaal denied claims the Dutchman offered to resign following the debacle against Southampton last month, the club is still open to the possibility of Mourinho managing at Old Trafford, despite opposition from influential members.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward tightened United's links with Mourinho's agent, GestiFute head Jorge Mendes, last season with the record signing of the super-agent's clients Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao's loan before David de Gea, also represented by Mendes, signed a new contract in September. Woodward and Mendes' relationship is so cordial that Woodward arranged for Mendes' daughter to do work experience at Old Trafford two years ago.
Woodward enjoys a warm relationship with Van Gaal and recently resisted dismissing him despite increasing pressure from supporters.
United's owners, the Tampa-based Glazer family, delegated Woodward with the task of handling David Moyes' successor and he is determined to remain loyal to Van Gaal, who revealed last week he receives a bottle of wine from Woodward whenever United beat top six opponents.
However, United could kick-off at Chelsea on Sunday eight points adrift of the top four and the majority of supporters remain adamant there needs to be a change of manager. Moyes' sacking was announced less than 48 hours after it became mathematically impossible for United to qualify for the Champions League.
In contrast to his warm rapport with Woodward, Van Gaal's relationship with Mendes is fraught. Mendes criticised Van Gaal's handling of Falcao and the Dutchman admitted the former nightclub owner's comments were 'unhelpful'.
Although he remains the most renowned agent in world football, Mendes is in desperate need of a coup.
His other managerial clients, Julen Lopetegui and Nuno Espirito Santo, were sacked by Porto and Valencia earlier this season and Monaco, for whom Mendes has orchestrated numerous transfers, trail Paris Saint-Germain by 24 points in the Ligue 1 procession.http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/revealed-manchester-united-hold-talks-10845616