The Portuguese has been waiting in the wings for some time but is all set to be thrust on to centre stage this week – but what will happen when he is?
Van Gaal’s time is up at Manchester United – and we already know who will replace him.
The Dutchman appears to have confirmed the inevitable telling reporters on Sunday that “it’s over” as rumours of his impending exit from Old Trafford intensify.
So, you’d ordinarily ask who next, but we know that already.
Jose Mourinho is on his way in what is sure to be the story of the Premier League offseason.
The Portuguese, who has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in December, has been waiting in the wings for some time but is all set to be thrust on to centre stage this week.
But what will happen when he is? Here are a handful of guarantees.
1. David De Gea will stay
This might be the biggest plus point of Mourinho’s imminent arrival. De Gea’s on then off then on again and then off again transfer to Real Madrid has been a shadow hanging over the club for far too long. That seems certain to lift with Jose in town.
Jorge Mendes, Mourinho’s agent, is soon to become a very powerful man at Old Trafford and counts the Spanish goalkeeper as one of his many clients.
Having two of his most profile men at the same club is sure to appeal while Mourinho is unlikely to want to lose such a key figure so early in his tenure.