Manchester United to offer Mourinho new contract

Manchester United are planning to offer manager Jose Mourinho a 12-month contract extension, reports The Sun.

The Portuguese coach has only been in the job for nine months, but the hierarchy at Old Trafford are already thinking about the long-term future.

Mourinho penned a three-year contract when he replaced Louis van Gaal last May, and he had a difficult spell in the early stages of the campaign.

From the start of October to early December, United picked up just one win in eight Premier League games, which heavily hampered the team’s chances of title glory.

The main objective for Mourinho and his men is finishing in the top four as they are 14 points behind league leaders Chelsea, but securing a Champions League spot will be a tough ask with just five points separating second from sixth.

Despite not being in the mix for the English crown, The Sun report that the North-West outfit are hoping that Mourinho will agree to a one-year extension, which will include the option of a further 12 months.

The British newspaper claims that the 54-year-old will not receive a pay rise if he pens the new deal, but will have financial bonuses depending on success.

United remain in contention for silverware before the end of the season. They head into this month’s EFL Cup final as favourites against Southampton, while the Europa League trophy is still up for grabs.

Despite residing sixth in the league, United are on an impressive 15-game unbeaten run in the top flight.