Speculation has been ever-growing over the future of current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal – and it doesn’t appear said speculation will die down any time soon.

Spanish newspaper El Confidencial have claimed that former FC Porto, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has made an agreement with Manchester United to be their next manager.

El Confidencial say that European super-agent Jorge Mendes agreed the deal on behalf of his client – and the Portuguese manager is set to take charge of United at the start of next season. It may not be a coincidence that also taking charge of a Manchester club this summer will be Pep Guardiola – who was recently announced as the man who will replace current Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini.

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The Spanish newspaper state that Pep is unhappy because not only is his biggest managerial rival going to be in the same league as him again (Mourinho and Pep were managing Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, in the same period) – but also in the same city; adding even more fire to the already heated Manchester derby.

However nothing is set in stone yet, as El Confidencial are careful to mention that Mourinho is still worried that Louis van Gaal may yet make a success of his season and remain at United until the end of his contract – which would mean the Portuguese tactician waiting until June 2017 to take the helm at Old Trafford.

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Guardiola has come out on top so far in his duel against Mourinho; they have taken charge of fifteen matches against each other, with Pep winning seven, Jose winning three and the other five being stalemates.