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Jose Mourinho's Manchester United deal was held up by sponsors

By Mark Ogden

Manchester United will confirm the appointment of Jose Mourinho today after negotiating a £10m-a-year, three-year contract with the former Chelsea manager.

Following two days of talks between United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Mourinho's advisor, Jorge Mendes, the 53-year-old will be officially announced as Old Trafford's third manage­r in three years following the dismissal of Louis van Gaal in the wake of the club's FA Cup success at the weekend.

And Mourinho will earn double the £5m-a-year salary paid to Van Gaal after being handed the challenge of restoring United to the summit of English and European football.

The former Porto, Real Madrid and Inter Milan coach, whose second spell in charge at Chelsea ended with him being sacked last December, will also secure bonuses of £5m and £2.5m respectively if he guides United to the Champions League and Premier League titles during the length of his contract.

Despite the complexities of Mourinho's commercial agreements with the likes of Jaguar and Hublot Watches, which could potentially clash with United's deals with General Motors and Bulova, and the manager's image rights being held by Chelsea, Woodward and Mendes were forced to unpick the off-field complications of Mourinho's personal portfolio of sponsorship deals before finalising his package with United.

But with those issues now resolved, Mourinho will take charge of United for the first time when the club face Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on July 22 on the first leg of two-game tour of China.

Mourinho is, however, due to sit in the Old Trafford home dug-out on June 5 when he takes charge of an England XI in a charity game for Unicef against a Rest of the World XI.

Mourinho's imminent arrival at United has been welcomed by Bastian Schweinsteiger - the former Bayern Munich midfielder signed by Van Gaal last summer.

Schweinsteiger, currently on international duty with Germany, claims it will be 'special' to play under Mourinho at Old Trafford.

"Should Mourinho join, I believe everyone would love to be coached by him," Schweinsteiger said. "Then it will be something special."

Meanwhile, Mourinho and Chelsea face the prospect of three weeks of public disclosure of their dispute with former first-team doctor Eva Carneiro at an employment tribunal next month.

Carneiro is claiming constructive dismissal against Chelsea and has a separate personal legal action against Mourinho for alleged victimisation and discrimination.

Croydon Employment Tribunal has set aside June 6 to June 24 for the tribunal, which is anticipated to be heard over seven to 10 days within that time frame.

The case could overshadow the start of Mourinho's employment at Old Trafford.

All three parties must agree to a settlement for the tribunal, which would be accessible to the public and the media, to be averted.

Private hearings in January and February took place without a conclusion, but the case could be settled at any time.

Should the tribunal proceed, witness statements and documents - including texts and emails - would likely be made public, while Carneiro, Mourinho and representatives from Chelsea could be called to appear as witnesses.

Chelsea have declined to comment on the case, but supported Mourinho even after his employment as manager was terminated. Whether or not Chelsea would continue to support Mourinho if he is employed by a rival club is uncertain.

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