Jose Mourinho close to signing new contract at Manchester United

  • Jose Mourinho close to signing new contract at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho close to signing new contract at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho will be remaining at Manchester United - and will be handed an impressive transfer kitty as he does so.

The feud started after Mourinho had words with the Italian following the Blues' 4-0 humbling of United at Stamford Bridge last season, and it has now spilled over into their press conferences.

The popular adage "money makes the world go around" would be apt in the case of the ongoing Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitaryan transfer saga after Manchester United became favourites to sign the Chilean.

This season, Manchester United have progressed further under the tutelage of Mourinho, sitting second on the table, although the chances of winning the Premier League appear to be slim.

'He has played very well.

According to a report by The Sun, Jose Mourinho is on the verge of signing a new five-year deal with Manchester United.

'I remember the first time he was coming step by step, and now with a good run of matches and continuity, he is solid.

"Football's football. People can say what they want but we'll continue to be positive and push forward".

It was not until the 72nd minute though that the home side got the third goal - Lukaku wriggling to find enough space for a shot into the bottom corner after good work from Martial.

Dyche will be boosted by the timely return of Scott Arfield for the visit of United after the midfielder suffered a hamstring strain in the New Year's Day defeat by Liverpool, but striker Jon Walters has been ruled out for up to eight weeks following knee surgery.

Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will both miss the game while Daley Blind has also been ruled out after picking up an injury in training.

The Red Devils are now in second place in the Premier League table and 12 points behind leaders Manchester City as they look to try and keep the pressure up on Pep Guardiola's men.

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent.