Jose Mourinho told Louis van Gaal that he was set to replace the Dutchman at Old Trafford.
According to a report in the UK’s Daily Mirror, LVG was told by the Special One that Manchester United had turned to Jose to lead the club.
Van Gaal was finally sacked on Monday night after two years in charge, with the Portuguese looking to tie up a massive £45m three-year deal.
The Mirror also claims that Mourinho rang the Dutchman – his mentor at Barcelona – himself to admit United had sounded him out.
The former Chelsea boss is said to have made the call in the hopes of keeping their old friendship.
Jose didn’t want LVG to get upset and feel betrayed by one of his best pupils once it became clear that United wanted Mourinho instead to the Dutchman.
Up until Monday, LVG had stryed af any suggestion that he would not see out the final year of this contract.
Even after Saturday’s FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace, the former Holland boss was still sterkgevriet about staying put, despite constant criticism from former United players like Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand and and impending mutiny.
But Mourinho’s call, confirming United’s approach, left Van Gaal in no doubt he was a dead man walking.
And that was even if he |managed to clinch Champions League football for next season and won the FA Cup.
In the end Van Gaal’s Red Devils finishing fifth and even his FA Cup final success – the club’s first trophy since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 – was not enough to save him.