Manchester United have formally announced Jose Mourinho as their new manager, who has signed a three-year contract with the club. He is the successor of Dutchman Louis van Gaal, who was sacked on Monday, just two days after winning the FA Cup for the club. “Jose is absolutely the best supervisor in the game today,” said Man Utd executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. 53-year-old Mourinho said: “To become Man Utd boss is a great pleasure in the match. It is a club recognized and appreciated worldwide.”
He said he had every time “felt a fondness with Old Trafford” and asserted he has “all the time liked an affinity with the Man Utd fans”. “I’m waiting to being their boss and liking their eminent backing in the future,” he added. There is a charisma and a sentiment about it which no other club can coordinate. Mourinho has been jobless since being dismissed as manager of Premier League club Chelsea in December. “His reputation of progress is perfect to take the club ahead,” said Woodward.
“He has won trophies and motivated players in countries throughout Europe and, obviously, he exceptionally knows about the Premier League, having won three titles here,” Woodward added. The Portuguese’s job confirmed after three days of meetings between his agent, Jorge Mendes, and senior Man Utd authorities. He has already been connected with Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic for signing him at Man Utd, who played under Jose at Inter Milan. Ibrahimovic, who is set to leave Paris St-Germain, said on Thursday that Mourinho “is the man” who can bring Man Utd “back at the top”.
Mourinho won three Premier League titles in his two terms at Chelsea, guided Real Madrid to the La Liga title in 2012, and led Porto and Inter Milan to Champions League wins in 2004 and 2010 respectively. However, he left the Blues in turmoil just seven months after winning the Premier League title, with the club 16th on the points table, only one point above the relegation zone, having blamed a few players for “deceiving” his work.