By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

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Jose Mourinho has given the clearest sign yet that he already has the Manchester United job sewn up by confirming he will start a new job in July.

The Portuguese has been heavily linked with the manager’s post at Old Trafford since he was sacked by Chelsea for a second time in December.

He revealed in an interview last month in Singapore that his next post would be in the Premier League and went a step further by telling BT Sport that he will joining his new employers in July.

Mourinho stopped short of naming the club but, as explained in a series of tweets by broadcaster Matt Smith, made it clear that he already has an agreement in place with a club.

It will be a boost to anxious supporters in the wake of Thursday’s feeble Europa League display at Anfield, where United lost 2-0 and were torn to ribbons by a dominant Liverpool.

As revealed by Football Insider last month, Mourinho is understood to have 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’s mini-revival, inspired by the extraordinary start to Marcus Rashford’s career, has come to an abrupt end in the club’s last two matches, with a 1-0 defeat at West Brom followed by Liverpool setback.

Louis van Gaal is coming under increasing pressure at Old Trafford with United languishing sixth in the Premier League table and struggling to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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.