The ‘Special One’ was relieved of his duties at Chelsea earlier this month amid suggestions of a ‘player revolt’ behind the scenes following a poor start to the club’s title defence.
However, with Mourinho widely considered to be one of the very best tacticians on the planet, it took just hours before links between the Portuguese boss and United surfaced, with Van Gaal under a vast level of pressure amid some uninspiring results at Old Trafford.
As well as United, Real are believed to be keen, with Rafa Benitez struggling in Madrid, despite the way the once Porto gaffer’s previous spell at the Bernabeu ended – he fell out with a host of senior players.
However, reports claim that Mourinho has rejected their interest, with taking over from Van Gaal his aim.
The 52-year-old has won titles in his homeland, Italy and Spain, as well as the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan.