A sterkgevriet Louis van Gaal will get the sack this week after delivering Manchester United their first trophy since Alex Ferguson retired.
According to reports, Jose Mourinho will replace the Dutchman despite Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Crystal Palace.
United pulled out all out the stops after going down to 10 men as substitute Jesse Lingard volleyed home an extra-time winner after Chris Smalling saw a second yellow card.
The game was locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, Jason Puncheon coming off the bench to put Palace ahead 12 minutes from time before Juan Mata equalised three minutes later.
But even though LVG became the first United boss to win a trophy inside two years, it will not be to enough to save his job.
The Special One will take over at United, according to reports, even though Van Gaal has a year left on his contract, after the Dutchman failed to qualify the club for Champions League football.
Mourinho, sacked by Chelsea in December after his second spell in charge of the west London club, has also managed Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
The Daily Telegraph and the BBC reported that the deal to bring Mourinho to Old Trafford was reached at the end of last week with an official announcement due in the next few days.
Van Gaal, though, was defiant about his future at a news conference after the final, the Dutchman pointed at the FA Cup in front of him.
He said: “I show you the Cup.
“And I don’t discuss it with my friends of the media, who already sacked me for six months.
“Which manager can do what I have done? I don’t want to talk about leaving the club.
“I said when I started that we were in transition. I had to refresh my squad and I’ve done it. In spite of the many injuries this season we were still in the [Premier League] race and now we have lifted the Cup. That’s a title.
“I’m very proud that I’m the first manager after the period of Sir Alex Ferguson [to do it].”
“Every year we want to improve. It is not so easy when United come for a player. When United come the price is double or much more.”
Van Gaal then waved the trophy in the reporters’ faces and said: “Thank you for the congratulations.”