Under-fire Chelsea boss ready to succeed Van Gaal at Man United

Much-maligned Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has agreed to succeed Louis van Gaal as Manchester United boss, according to reports from TuttoMercatoWeb.

The Portuguese tactician is currently under extreme levels of pressure in his third season back at Stamford Bridge, with his side having lost seven of their opening 12 Premier League matches, leaving them dangerously close to the relegation zone – three points, to be precise.

Despite his woes, Mourinho’s reputation among some of the top clubs remains sky high, with sides from across Europe having been linked with moves for him should his Chelsea reunion end in nightmare fashion.

And now reports claim that a shock switch to succeed LVG at United has been agreed in principle.

The Dutchman’s contract in Manchester is due to expire in 2017, and his assistant Ryan Giggs has been tipped to step up into the senior role upon his exit.

However, although the legitimacy of TMW’s suggestions remains unclear at this stage, the club could opt to move for an experienced option.