Mourinho has been mooted as a replacement for under-fire manager Louis van Gaal ever since being sacked by Chelsea in December, with some reports even claiming his appointment is already a ‘done deal’.
The Red Devils hierarchy appeared prepared to wait until the end of the season before making major changes in the dugout, to avoid further disruptions amid an already underwhelming campaign at Old Trafford.
But according to The Sun, United’s shock defeat to Sunderland on Saturday has exacerbated concerns at boardroom level and they could resultantly look to bring in the Special One much sooner than planned – before the end of the month, to be precise.
Under LVG this season, United have scored the fewest goals of any side in the top eight and recorded their lowest points haul after 26 games from all of their campaigns in the Premier League.
The Carrington outfit face Midtjylland in the Europa League and Shrewsbury in the FA Cup over the next few weeks, but could look to seal a deal for Mourinho before facing Arsenal on February 28th.
The Portuguese boasts an impeccable record against the Gunners, losing just once – and only in the Community Shield – during his 15 meets with the north London club whilst in charge of Chelsea.