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Jose Mourinho set to replace Louis van Gaal at Manchester United

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been identified as a replacement for Manchester United's Louis van Gaal.

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In the Telegraph, there's a story about United panicking given the appointment of Pep Guardiola to Manchester City. Be reasonable, there's no panic. United have known this has been coming, and they haven't panicked at all. In fact, they've done very little in response and it's just one of the many reasons they're suffering. Jose Mourinho is favourite to take over in the summer, but there's almost no chance United will be able to attract anyone special without Champions League football. The failure to sign anyone at all makes that much more likely.

The Mirror have a story saying that Ed Woodward have decided to sack Van Gaal. Yes, just not soon enough. More incompetence from the owners and board. Well done all!

The Manchester Evening News explain the slim defence Van Gaal has for not signing anyone. If he thinks the squad he has is good enough, injuries or not, then the man shouldn't be in charge. His decimation of the squad in the summer was a problem to be rectified, not a situation to be maintained.

On ESPNFC, there's confirmation that Nick Powell has moved to Hull on loan. If he can sort his head out, he'll have a worthwhile career. It doesn't appear likely at the moment, but he has time.

And in the Daily Mail, there's a story that Luke Shaw could feature for United before the end of the season. Ideally he can go to the World Cup to get ahead of schedule for his return next season.