Jose Mourinho set to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager - Sky sources

Manchester United are set to appoint Jose Mourinho, according to Sky sources

Jose Mourinho is set to become the next manager of Manchester United, with talks due to take place early next week, according to Sky sources.

Sky Sports News HQ has been told Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes is due to fly to England from China on Tuesday to negotiate a deal that would see the the 53-year-old Portuguese replace Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal's United side won the FA Cup on Saturday by defeating Crystal Palace 2-1 after extra time at Wembley.

United stayed in London on Saturday night and have no plans for a victory parade in Manchester, with the club believed to be angry that news of Mourinho's potential appointment overshadowed the club's first FA Cup win since 2004 and first piece of silverware since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea last November after overseeing the Blues' worst start to a Premier League campaign. 

Mourinho was quizzed on the situation as he left The O2 on Saturday night

Sky Sports News HQ reporter James Cooper said on Sunday morning: "We know the Glazers are in town, as too is Ed Woodward so all the people to make key decisions for United are assembled."

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Image: Mourinho was at The O2 to watch David Haye's fight against Arnold Gjergjaj

Van Gaal refused to comment on his future following the match, which looks set to be his last in charge, saying: "I show you the cup. I don't discuss [my future] with the media."

Van Gaal has previously insisted that he would see out the last year of his contract, despite his side failing to secure a top four spot and Champions League football for next season. 

Louis van Gaal
Image: Louis van Gaal lifts the FA Cup following his side's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace

The 64-year-old has invested over £250m on new players during his two-year reign at Old Trafford, but a fifth-place finish means United will play in the Europa League during the 2016-17 campaign.

Manchester United have declined to comment.

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