Manchester United and Jose Mourinho Show They're Up For a Fight with Manchester City

Manchester United are close to reaching an agreement with manager Jose Mourinho over a contract extension that would keep him at the club until 2021.

Reports suggest there had been good progress in talks and the Portuguese was likely to stay at Old Trafford for longer than the three-year deal he signed through to June 2019.

Mourinho, 54, has described his commitment to United as "total" and said he wanted to "bring the club to where the club belongs." He has described reports he could leave as "garbage."

Mourinho, rumors suggested, was on his way to Paris Saint-Germain in the French Ligue 1. In an interview with French television back in October, Mourinho said he would not end his career at Old Trafford and described Paris as "special."

"The only thing I can say is that I'm still a coach with worries, with ambitions and with the desire to do new things. And I don't believe... no, I'm sure that I won't end my career here," he said.

Mourinho went on to say that his son opted to watch a match in Paris over Manchester, and asked why, he said: "Because at the moment in Paris there is something special. Magic, quality, youth, it's fantastic."

Mourinho won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season in charge, though United finished sixth in the league.

They currently sit second, 12 points behind local rivals Manchester City, and are in the Champions League last 16 and FA Cup fourth round.

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Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, January 5. Mourinho is expected to extend his contract at Manchester United. LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty

Despite the gap to Manchester City, United defender Phil Jones insists his team are still capable of catching their rivals and finishing the season as Premier League champions.

United closed the gap on City with Monday's 3-0 victory over Stoke City after leaders Pep Guardiola's City suffered their first loss of the league campaign, against Liverpool at Anfield.

In Jones' first campaign at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson's United were eight points ahead of City in April with six games to go, only to see the title end up across town on the final day when Sergio Aguero scored late on against Queens Park Rangers.

"Never say never," Jones said. "I remember in my first season [2011-12] we were eight points clear, absolutely cruising, [everyone thought there was] no way we'd let the lead slip, and we lost it on the final day.

"People can say what they want but we'll continue to be positive and push forward. You never know. It happened in 2012 to us so why not?"

Mourinho has faced criticism for United's more conservative approach against the top teams this season, including their 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Anfield in October.

Jones, however, is satisfied with the manager's tactical plans and believes the results prove the club are on the right track.

"People will criticise, people will have their own comments, views, but we don't care too much about that to be honest," Jones added.

"We do what we do best, we set up the way the manager wants us to play and it works. We're doing well, we need to keep going. It's another big game on Saturday against Burnley."

United visit Burnley on Saturday (January 20), who secured a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture last month.