Jose Mourinho has told friends he is increasingly confident about succeeding Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager this summer, writes the Telegraph.
Van Gaal has admitted in recent weeks he could be sacked if United miss out on Champions League qualification or fail to win the FA Cup.
United are running out of time in their battle to finish in the top four and trail Arsenal, who are fourth, by four points with five matches remaining. They also face Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley on Saturday.
The club's hierarchy are keeping tight-lipped about their intentions and refused to comment on reports in Germany on Sunday that Mourinho has agreed a three-year deal to take over at Old Trafford from the summer but the former Chelsea manager believes that is moving closer to becoming a reality.
Mourinho is known to have had a gentleman's agreement in place with United for the past few months although the precise details of that arrangement remain unclear.
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