Mourinho and United have no deal, says agent
MANCHESTER United has made no official offer to Jose Mourinho to replace Louis van Gaal at the English Premier League football club, according to the Portuguese manager's agent Jorge Mendes.
"There is nothing. We don't know what will happen in the future but now there is no agreement. There isn't an official proposal either," British media quoted Mendes as telling Globo Esporte.
Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea last week, just seven months after lifting the Premier League trophy with the Blues, following a run that left champions Chelsea one point above the relegation zone.
The three-time Premier League winner issued a statement insisting he will not be taking a sabbatical.
Pressure has been mounting on United's Dutch manager with a six-game winless streak that saw the club bow out of the Champions League in the group stages and out of the top-four in the Premier League.
Mourinho, who worked with van Gaal during a successful spell at Barcelona, was previously linked to the Old Trafford job when former United boss Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
In the aftermath of United's lacklustre 2-1 home defeat by lowly Norwich City on Saturday, it was widely suggested that van Gaal had two games to save his job.
Reports claimed a defeat by either Stoke on Saturday or Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday would prompt United's owners, the Glazer family, to dismiss him.
But on Tuesday, it appeared the Dutch manager might not even last that long after Twitter was deluged with talk that he had been sacked.
Those reports were given credence by news that United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had travelled to London for a meeting with club officials.
However, the Manchester Evening News later reported that Woodward had been discussing only commercial matters rather than settling van Gaal's future.
In any case, van Gaal - who has overseen just four victories in United's last 15 matches - must know that he desperately needs a winning run over Christmas to have any chance of saving his job.
Mourinho has apparently indicated to United that he is ready to take over at Old Trafford if van Gaal is ousted and that could persuade the Glazers to move now rather than miss out on the Portuguese coach.
Van Gaal is unlikely to be especially encouraged by the revelation from Mourinho's agent that no deal has been agreed with United at present.
Pep Guardiola would also be high on United's wanted list after the Spaniard said he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
United could appoint van Gaal's assistant Ryan Giggs as interim manager - a role the former United player served following David Moyes' sacking last year - in a bid to buy time until Guardiola is available.
Van Gaal's cause has not been helped by reports that he has lost the support of senior United players, although publicly they continue to back him.
REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE