Special honour to become Manchester United manager: Jose Mourinho

first_imgManchester United have appointed Jose Mourinho as manager on athree-year contract with an option to stay on until at least 2020, the PremierLeague club said on Friday.The 53-year-old Portuguese replaces Dutchman Louis van Gaalwhose two-year reign at Old Trafford ended on Monday when he was sacked twodays after United won the FA Cup.’JOSE IS THE BEST'”Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today.He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, ofcourse, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here,”United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement.”I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome him toManchester United. His track record of success is ideal to take the clubforward.”Mourinho, sacked by Chelsea in December, had been widelyexpected to succeed Van Gaal and his agent Jorge Mendes met United officials onTuesday to discuss personal terms.The talks with the former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madridmanager became protracted, however, when it emerged that Chelsea, who sackedMourinho in December, still owned his name as a trademark.Now the stage is set for the marriage of two of world soccer’sbiggest names – Mourinho, the manager who collects trophies wherever he goes,and Manchester United, England’s most successful club and a global giant.’SPECIAL HONOUR FOR ME’ “To become Manchester United manager is a special honour inthe game,” Mourinho said in the statement.”It is a club known and admired throughout the world. Thereis a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.advertisement”I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it hashosted some important memories for me in my career and I have always enjoyed arapport with the United fans.”I’m looking forward to being their manager and enjoyingtheir magnificent support in the coming years.”JOSE’S GLORIOUS PASTIn two spells at Chelsea, the Portuguese won the Premier Leaguethree times – including their first league title for 50 years – and both the FACup and League Cup.He also won league championships in his first seasons at Portoand Inter Milan before helping Real Madrid to their first La Liga crown in fouryears.By their own high standards, United have struggled since AlexFerguson retired three years ago, never finishing higher than fourth in theEnglish standings.Their fifth-place finish under Van Gaal this season meant theyfailed to qualify for the Champions League for the second time since Fergusonleft.LONE SILVERWARE FOR VAN GAALVan Gaal did win the FA Cup – the first time United had liftedthe trophy in 12 years – but due to widespread condemnation of the style offootball his team played it was not enough to save him.There are reservations about Mourinho’s preferred style of play,with former United striker Eric Cantona saying the club should have optedinstead for Pep Guardiola, who is taking over as manager of Manchester City.But other former players, including goalkeeper Peter Schmeicheland former captain Steve Bruce, believe he will revive the club’s fortunes.Mourinho, who has won the Champions League with Porto and InterMilan, will lead United in the Europa League next season.last_img read more