Manchester United are close to reaching an agreement with manager Jose Mourinho over a new contract with both parties confident an agreement can soon be reached.
Talks have progressed well between the manager with the executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward and it is now just a matter of time before Mourinho commits to remain at Old Trafford beyond the expiry of his present deal in 2019.
Since his tenure as United manager which began in 2016, Mourinho’s apparent unease over transfer budget and his refusal to move out of the hotel he stays in led to speculation over his future.
However, 55-year-old Portuguese described those reports about his future as “garbage” in a pre-match press conference in early January; when he asked about a possible departure from Old Trafford last month, Mourinho added: “I am going to leave when the club wants me to leave because I have no intention to leave at all. My intention is to stay and to work and to improve and to bring the club to where the club belongs.”
In the 2016-17 season — his first in charge at United as Mourinho claimed two trophies in the League Cup and Europa League, with the latter securing a return to Champions League football after a season out of the competition.
Although United finished only sixth in the Premier League, they are second at present, and if they remain there at the end of the season it would be their highest Premier League finish since Sir Alex Ferguson claimed a 20th title in May 2013.
Still, winning United’s 21st championship remains Mourinho’s chief ambition at the club and as his side trail Manchester City by 12 points after 23 games he is conscious that the club’s wait for another title is set to reach half a decade at the end of the campaign.