Jose Mourinho to Manchester United confirmed; Louis Van Gaal set to leave after FA Cup final

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Manchester United will see their current manager Louis Van Gaal leave the club after the team finish their FA Cup final match against Crystal Palace. Jose Mourinho will take over as the new Old Trafford manager and has already signed on a pre-contract offered to him by club executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. The result of the FA Cup final will not have any impact on Van Gaal’s future at United.

Spanish daily AS reports that Mourinho will be given a monumental transfer war chest to rebuild the United squad which failed to qualify for the Champions League this season. The Portuguese will also earn $16.83 million a year in his three-year contract with the club.

This decision from the United board is rumored to be a result of Van Gaal failing to guide United to a Champions League spot this season, despite spending over $362 million in the transfer market during his reign. Van Gaal has also been criticized because of his transfer policy which saw him failing to replace the likes of Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez, both of whom he sold during the last summer transfer window. This led him to force his trust on an 18-year-old Marcus Rashford.

The arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has also forced the United management to take their decision of giving Mourinho the reigns. Manchester City are likely to spend big next season as Guardiola would like to challenge on all fronts from his first season in the Premier League.

Mourinho has also asked for significant financial backing in the transfer market as a stipulation before taking on the Old Trafford job. The Portuguese will likely make a huge overhaul of the present United team.

Juan Mata is one of the top players who is touted to leave the club after Mourinho’s arrival. The Spaniard came to United in 2014 and it was the Portuguese who sold him to the Manchester club from Chelsea.

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