Manchester United make Mourinho commitment after Arsenal victory
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
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Manchester United remain committed to appointing Jose Mourinho as manager at the end of the season, Football Insider sources understand.
The Portugese is still in line to become the club’s next permanent manager despite Louis van Gaal overseeing a mini-revival inspired by teenager Marcus Rashford.
The 18-year-old scored his second consecutive double on Sunday as United kept their Premier League top-four hopes alive by beating Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford.
The victory capped a memorable week for the club in which they knocked Shrewsbury out of the FA Cup and overturned a first-leg deficit to comprehensively eliminate Midtjylland from the Europa League.
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.
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.
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.