Jose Mourinho is reportedly "certain" he will take over from Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager this summer and has told friends it is a "done deal."
That's according to Sam Cunningham of the Daily Mail, who added that Mourinho was reportedly "on the verge of agreeing terms" at the weekend and is eager to step into the hot seat at Old Trafford.
Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News believes the Portuguese is a must in order for United to return to the glory days they once enjoyed—a sentiment football writer Liam Canning agrees with in light of Manchester City hiring Pep Guardiola:
Only way for #mufc to get back on track is hire Mourinho. Running of the football club has not been good enough since Ferguson left.— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) February 1, 2016
#MUFC should’ve appointed Guardiola when Ferguson retired and once again have missed out They have the PERFECT chance to hire Mourinho.— Liam (@OffsideLiam) February 1, 2016
Canning thinks Mourinho will indeed get the job and is relishing the prospect of Mourinho and Guardiola going head-to-head once again, just as they did when they were in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively:
Haven't seen United fans this happy since under Ferguson. Genuine delight that José Mourinho is looking likely to be in charge come June.— Liam (@OffsideLiam) February 4, 2016
Get ready for Pep Guardiola vs José Mourinho. Oh it's going to be sublime.— Liam (@OffsideLiam) February 4, 2016
In his relatively short managerial career, the 53-year-old has already won 22 trophies including eight league titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, two Champions League trophies at Porto and Inter Milan.
His success has also come far more recently than Van Gaal's, as the majority of the Dutchman's silverware came in the '90s.
Despite huge spending in the transfer market, Van Gaal has thus far failed to significantly improve United from the days of David Moyes—if indeed he has at all.
The Red Devils sit 12 points behind league leaders Leicester City and six points behind Manchester City in fourth place, so while Champions League football is hardly out of the question there remains a realistic chance United could miss out for the second time in three seasons following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.
There does remain the question over Mourinho's reputation for less-than-exciting football, and he may not be able to recapture the fast-paced, thrilling style of play they displayed so often under Ferguson.
Would Mourinho be a good fit at United?
However, he has shown the ability to produce more expansive football during his time at Real Madrid, and in the first half of last season his Chelsea side produced some scintillating displays.
Not to mention, this season's struggles aside, he produces positive results and is experienced at winning trophies.
For an Old Trafford faithful starved of thrills, that could well be enough in the short term.