By Simon Stone
A deal has been agreed for Jose Mourinho to become Manchester United’s new manager, after three days of talks.
Negotiations between Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes and senior United officials have concluded, although no contract has been signed.
An official announcement from the club is expected on Friday.
The Portuguese will replace Dutchman Louis van Gaal, who was sacked on Monday, two days after United won the FA Cup.
The BBC reported on Saturday, within an hour of United’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, that Van Gaal would be sacked and Mourinho was set to replace him.
Discussions, which started on Tuesday and were delayed by negotiations over Mourinho’s image rights, finally finished on Thursday.
The 53-year-old is likely to sign a three-year contract.
Mourinho’s appointment has been backed by some former United players, including former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and Hull City boss Steve Bruce.
And on Thursday, ex-defender Rio Ferdinand praised the 53-year-old former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss.
“I have heard many say the ‘Mourinho way’ is not the Manchester United style of playing football,” the 37-year-old former England skipper wrote on his Facebook page.
“However, the Chelsea team that Jose put together first time round when he entered the Premier League played with wingers and hurt teams with quick attacking play.
“This is a sign he knows how to get a team playing in a way Manchester United fans can look forward to seeing.”
He added: “One thing I can tell Manchester United fans is that they have got themselves a true winner in all aspects. His CV shows success.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who United are interested in bringing to Old Trafford, potentially as Mourinho’s first signing, said his former boss was “the man to bring them [United] back to the top”.
Meanwhile, in an interview for BBC’s World Football programme to be broadcast on Friday, ex-Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti joked that United might start “selling tickets” for news conferences as a result of the arrival of Mourinho.
And Chelsea’s former director of football operations, Mike Forde, also told the programme that the Portuguese’s move to Old Trafford was a “marriage of convenience”.