Jose Mourinho will be faced with a litany of problems once the polarising Portuguese manager finally starts his Manchester United reign later this week.
Mourinho could be confirmed as United`s new boss as early as Wednesday after his agent Jorge Mendes met the club`s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for talks in London on Tuesday.
The former Chelsea boss is reported to have been offered a three-year deal worth £15 million ($21 million, 19 million euros) per season and would be given a transfer war-chest of around £200 million to revive the troubled Premier League club following Louis van Gaal`s sacking on Monday.
Mourinho has long dreamed of managing United, but the fulfilment of that ambition will come with strings attached.
The 53-year-old`s arrival at Old Trafford will be greeted with relief by large sections of the United fanbase and squad in the aftermath of two turbulent years under the drab management of arch pragmatist van Gaal.
However, Ronald De Boer, who played under van Gaal at Ajax before joining him at Barcelona where Mourinho was working as an assistant, says Mourinho can be just as conservative and acerbic as van Gaal.
“People run away with the impression of Mourinho and it`s the same with van Gaal. You hate him or you love him,” De Boer said.
“There will always be players who are not playing who will dislike him.
“Mourinho is like Van Gaal, a workaholic. Sometimes it`s not pretty but he knows how to grind out wins. That`s what you get.”
Before he even has time to settle into his new office at United`s Carrington training ground, Mourinho must solve the thorny problem of Ryan Giggs` status.
Mourinho is expected to bring long-time assistant Rui Faria and goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro with him, meaning van Gaal`s assistant coaches Albert Stuivenberg and Frans Hoek are likely to be dismissed.That would leave Giggs as the last member of van Gaal`s staff and his future is now uncertain after he was reportedly offered a less senior coaching position by Mourinho.