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Jose Mourinho could be announced as Manchester United’s new manager on Thursday.

Sportsmail understands an agreement has been reached and United are confident they will be able to announce the deal after concerns about his image rights were ironed out.

They are still registered to Chelsea, who continue to sell mugs and other items on their website at a knockdown price.

United will announce the deal either Thursday or, if the final details of his Old Trafford contract require further discussion, Friday. Former Real Madrid coach Mourinho, 53, who was sacked by Chelsea earlier this season, is to sign a three-year deal worth around £45million.Mourinho is understood to have reached agreement with the Old Trafford club over a three-year deal

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been at Manchester United’s London offices.Originally, there was an outside chance the announcement could have been made on Wednesday. But minor legal issues meant that the unveiling had to be put temporarily on hold. Those issues have now been cleared paving the way for a new era at the Theatre of Dreams.

The former Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss Mourinho is expected to sign a three-year contract worth around £45m.

As of yet there is no confirmation whether a press conference will be held to announce his arrival. Officials retain hope that the Portugese will be present but no word has yet been received on whether that will be the case.

It is thought that Mourinho, who has been out of work since last December, will sign a deal worth £45million

Minor legal issues prevented Mourinho from being announced already but an agreement has been reached

Meanwhile, further details surrounding Louis van Gaal’s exit have emerged.

United came in for criticism after news of that the Dutchman was to be sacked broke shortly after they lifted the FA Cup after beating Crystal Palace 2-1 at Wembley.

The news was not leaked by the club and senior sources were shocked to see it reported. They had wished to deliver the dignified exit they believed the former Barcelona boss deserved.

Van Gaal was said to have delivered an emotional speech to staff on Sunday morning when it became clear that the writing was on the wall.

On Monday, there was radio silence from Old Trafford until 8.31pm, when the club issued a statement confirming the 64-year-old’s dismissal.

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