JOSE MOURINHO has revealed he will be the next Manchester United manager.
Mourinho is destined to take charge at Old Trafford after a close friend let the cat out of the bag following a lunch date with the Special One.
The former Chelsea boss is in Milan, and had a lunch meeting with the sister of former Inter president Massimo Moratti.
And quizzed by reporters outside the glitzy venue, Bedy Moratti let slip when she said: “He is happy, he is joining Manchester United.”
Louis van Gaal is almost certain to be sacked by United, but the only decision needed is whether he stays until the end of the season or leaves his job now.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has stood behind the under-fire Dutchman all season despite growing criticism from supporters and former players over his performance in the hot-seat.
But the 2-1 defeat to Danish minnows FC Midtjylland on Thursday left him isolated as the only man who didn’t think Van Gaal was the right man for the job.
His intention has always been to get through to the end of this season and re-evaluate, but such has been the growing revolt around United Woodward may swing the axe sooner.
Even United’s players are understood to think their manager is a dead man walking, and the squad are growing increasingly frustrated at the tactics they are being asked to employ.
There is no sign any decision will be made before Monday’s FA Cup fifth round tie with Shrewsbury, but by the time United face Arsenal on Sunday week Van Gaal may be history.
Only this week, Mourinho refused to be drawn on whether he was moving to Old Trafford in an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa.
He said: “My next challenge, my next club? I really don’t know.
“I just know that I love football and I will be back with the same passion and ambition as ever, having during this period a respectful behaviour to every manager and every club.
“I don’t search for clubs, clubs search for me.”