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Jose Mourinho has confided in close friends it is a ‘done deal’ that he will take over at Manchester United in the summer.
Sportsmail revealed at the weekend that the Portuguese was on the verge of agreeing terms to replace Louis van Gaal.
Mourinho has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in December but it is widely known he would relish the chance to take over at United.
It will bring to an end Van Gaal’s troubled two-year reign.
The Dutchman will still have a year remaining on his United contract, but he has not impressed after being backed to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds in the transfer market yet failing to win any silverware.
Van Gaal has been publicly riled in press conferences on several occasions when asked about his future at the club, but Mourinho is certain the job is his.
The move will reignite Mourinho’s bitter rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who will take over at Manchester City from Manuel Pellegrini in the summer.
Pellegrini announced that this will be his last season on transfer deadline day and City confirmed the news that had been an open secret for some time – that Guardiola would be ending his Bayern Munich reign at the same time and heading to the Etihad.
The pair have known each other for many years – Mourinho was working for manager Bobby Robson at Barcelona when midfielder Guardiola was a key man on the pitch – and struck up a working relationship early on.
When Robson was replaced by Van Gaal in 1997, Mourinho and Guardiola stayed at the Nou Camp.
It is known that they had great respect for each other and their respective roles but as they were very different characters, they were never friends.
Mourinho and Guardiola began their feud while the Portuguese was in charge at Real Madrid and his rival was Barcelona manager. It is set to continue in England next season.