The Red Devils have been in talks with Mourinho's representatives, and both parties are understood to be "confident" a new deal until the summer of 2021 will be agreed, the Mirror's David McDonnell noted.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has been in the position for a little more than 18 months and has won the UEFA Europa League and the EFL Cup during that time span, encouraging belief he's the right man to take the club forward.
Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News detailed United's stance amid suggestions Mourinho could go elsewhere:
Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst
United were relaxed despite PSG flirtation since the option of an additional year on Mourinho’s deal rests with the club. So he’s not necessarily halfway through his contract. #mufc2018-1-16 22:16:53
It's only thought to be a matter of time until an agreement between United and the Portuguese is announced, with both parties seemingly happy with the current setup, per the Telegraph's James Ducker:
James Ducker @TelegraphDucker
Mourinho is close to signing his contract extension with #MUFC - not signed yet but that's a formality. It'll be announced once it's signed. No specific timescale given as yet2018-1-16 19:47:18
McDonnell noted the club's expected capture of Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez as proof of the club's loyalty to Mourinho and the vision he's projecting at Old Trafford.
However, Goal's Sam Lee questioned whether Mourinho had done enough to earn a new contract:
Sam Lee @Sammy_Goal
I don’t really get the new Mourinho contract. I wouldn’t say he doesn’t deserve one, that sounds overly harsh, but I wouldn’t be rushing to tie him down right now. He’s halfway through his deal and is doing....ok. Why not give it til the summer and take stock then?2018-1-17 06:31:37
The 54-year-old is said to have the backing of United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward despite the gap separating his United side from runaway Premier League leaders City.
Mourinho's second spell at the Chelsea helm—prior to taking over at Old Trafford—ended after a miserable start to his third season in charge of the club, while his time at Real Madrid came to an end after three years.
United will hope to break Mourinho's recent trend of not advancing past the third season with any club, something he hasn't done since his first spell in charge of Chelsea, where he reigned from June 2004 to September 2007.