Manchester United's board are split over the prospect of Jose Mourinho succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. Mourinho is tipped to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The Daily Mail says United's boardroom is divided about Mourinho. They know he would bring trophies and the money men believe his appeal would double the club's commercial revenue overnight.

Ferguson has confided to friends that the current United team need rebuilding, which is the reason he was forced to spend £24million to recruit Robin van Persie in the summer.

At 70 he shows no sign of slowing up, but he recognises this is one of the weakest United teams since they won their first Premier League title in 1993.