Jorge Mendes, Jose Mourinho’s agent, has dismissed rumours suggesting Manchester United had approached the former Chelsea manager to replace Louis Van Gaal.
With the Dutchman increasingly under pressure after a miserable run of results that has seen United knocked out of the Champions League and then lose consecutive games to newly promoted Bournemouth and Norwich, Mourinho has been linked with a move to Old Trafford since being sacked by Chelsea.
Sir Alex Ferguson will help Manchester United’s board in deciding Louis Van Gaal’s future and to choose the Dutchman’s potential successor.
With the United manager increasingly under pressure, the board is said to be considering his future, particularly given Jose Mourinho is available after being fired by Chelsea, while Pep Guardiola confirmed he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
Louis Van Gaal has urged Manchester United to remain professional as they aim to bounce back from shocking back-to-back defeats against newly-promoted Bournemouth and Norwich.
Saturday’s 2-1 loss against Norwich, the first time the Canaries won at Old Trafford since the 1980s, piled further pressure on Van Gaal and his team, with both falling way short of expectations at the moment.
Louis Van Gaal has admitted he now fears for his job after United stumbled to a second defeat in a row, as they lost 2-1 to Norwich City at home.
The defeat, United’s second in a row against a newly promoted side after last week’s 2-1 loss away at Bournemouth, left Van Gaal’s side in fifth position, nine points behind league leaders Leicester City.
Javier Hernandez has revealed the reason why he left Manchester United in the summer, accusing Louis Van Gaal of never giving him a chance to prove himself.
The Mexican left United for Bayer Leverkusen in the summer after being told in no uncertain terms that he did not fit the manager’s plans. However, Hernandez has hit the ground running in Germany, netting 15 goals in the last 12 games in all competitions, while United have managed just 10 over the same period.
Manchester United’s already disastrous week took a turn for the worst, as they were deservedly beaten by Bournemouth and could end the weekend outside the top four.
Having gone down within two minutes, United drew level through Marouane Fellaini before conceding earlier in the second half after some more calamitous defending. With the hosts 2-1 in front, Louis Van Gaal’s side never looked like getting back in the game and slumped to their second defeat in four days.