By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
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Jose Mourinho is still in line to take over at Manchester United at the end of the season, Football Insider sources understand.
The Portugese will become the club’s next permanent manager despite Louis van Gaal overseeing a mini-revival inspired by teenager Marcus Rashford.
United beat Arsenal 3-2 in their Premier League clash on Sunday to cap a memorable week for the club in which they knocked Shrewsbury out of the FA Cup before eliminating Midtjylland from the Europa League.
However, a well-placed source has told Football Insider that three consecutive victories will make no difference to the club’s plans to replace Van Gaal with Mourinho at the end of the season.
As revealed by Football Insider last week, Mourinho has signed a pre-contract agreement with United that is set to make him the highest paid manager in the world.
He has agreed a three-year deal worth £48million and a deal is in place for the Portugese to take over at Old Trafford at the end of the season.
United will hand Mourinho £16million-a-year, equivalent to £308,000-a-week, in a bid to revitalise the club’s fortunes.
The 53-year-old has landed the job of his dreams after extensive talks with the club over the last six weeks.
A series of wretched performances under Van Gaal persuaded club chiefs to turn to Mourinho.
The likelihood is that Van Gaal will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, one year before his contract expires, although there is a possibility he will be sacked at the point the club are no longer in contention for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Ex-manager David Moyes was axed two years ago when United were no longer mathematically capable of qualifying for Europe’s premier competition the following season.
United reclaimed fifth position in the Premier League following their win over Arsenal although they remain three points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a match in hand.