Jose Mourinho will become the next manager of Manchester United, if Louis Van Gaal is sacked this summer, Sky is reporting.

According to the broadcaster, United have told the Portuguese coach that the job is his – but only if Louis van Gaal leaves at the end of the season.

Louis Van Gaal

Speculation about the Dutchman’s position has been rife all season.

The Sky announcement comes just hours after they were told by Mourinho that he has an agreement with ‘nobody’ when it comes to his next managerial position. Subsequent, but unconfirmed reports, claimed that he was holding talks with Paris Saint-Germain about the possibility of replacing Laurent Blanc.

“Manchester United tell Jose Mourinho that manager’s job is his if Louis van Gaal leaves this summer,” the Sky Sports said in a tweet.

Reading between the lines, it would appear that United are still undecided about the Dutchman’s fate as his second season in charge draws to a close.

United play their final league game of the season tonight – a fixture rearranged after a security alert forced the postponement of their meeting with Bournemouth on Sunday. Barring a 19-goal win, the Old Trafford club will miss out on Champions League football next season.

United will then play Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final at Wembley this weekend, and it could well be that the outcome of that match will determine whether Van Gall is in charge next season.

Mourinho has been out of work since last December when he was sacked by Chelsea after a disastrous defence of their Premier league title.

He has been linked with the United position almost since the moment he was fired, but has moved to distance himself from the speculation out of respect for his ‘friend’ Van Gaal. The pair first worked together when the Dutchman was in charge of Barceona and have remained on good terms ever since.