Report: Manchester United face deadline if they wish to appoint Jose Mourinho

Mourinho has been strongly linked with replacing Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United face a deadline in which to firm up their interest in former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and will need to make a move for him by the start of May, according to a report in The Guardian.

Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in December, and has been consistently linked with the manager's job at Old Trafford since, with the indifferent form under current boss Louis van Gaal leading many to think the Dutchman may not be in charge next season.

There could be a couple of obstacles in making a move for the three time Premier League winner in that time as United are just one point from the Champions League places and are still targeting silverware in the form of the FA Cup, with the side facing West Ham United in a quarter-final replay with the chance to play Everton in the last four at Wembley.

The Guardian's report says that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has ignored the availability of Mourinho, in part to show support to current boss van Gaal. Mourinho is said to want a new position lined up so he can start planning for the next season, including transfer business.

Given the speculation and pressure that van Gaal has come under, it would seem inconceivable to some for him to remain at Old Trafford for next season, but it could be a little more difficult for him to be sacked if he were to deliver a top four finish and win the FA Cup. Champions League football along with silverware could be argued as progress on the back of last season.

However, one would think that failure to deliver Champions League football will lead to a change in manager, and a clearer picture would help United make their decision.

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