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Manchester United are testing José Mourinho's patience

The former Chelsea boss has reportedly asked for confirmation in writing that he'll be Manchester United manager next season.

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In spite of his messy departure from Chelsea earlier in the season, José Mourinho remains one of the most sought-after managers in world football. It wouldn't come as a shock to anyone that he'd be keen to start planning the next move of his itinerant coaching career. That still appears to be Manchester United, though the recent feel-good factor and outside chance of a top four finish has sparked a flurry of rumours suggesting Louis van Gaal could yet be kept on for another season.

Not surprisingly, Mourinho doesn't seem to have taken kindly to such news, and the Sun are reporting, in an "EXCLUSIVE BY NEIL CUSTIS", that he has demanded a "written promise" from Ed Woodward that he will be allowed to manage United next season:

The Special One has a verbal assurance that will be the case. But Alex Ferguson publicly backed current boss Louis van Gaal last week, leaving the Mourinho camp fearing things could change. That is why he wants the job offer in writing, so he can start planning a future at Old Trafford.

Ah. Now there's a surprise. Fergie's butting in again. Oh dear.