English Premier League giants have announced today that José Mourinho of Portugal will be their manager from July 2016 onwards. Mourinho has signed a three year contract until June 30, 2019; which could be extended at least until summer 2020.
Mourinho, 53, has managed at the top level of European football for over a decade and in that time has won league titles and cups in four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), as well as winning the UEFA Champions League twice – in 2004 with FC Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan.
Announcing the appointment Ed Woodward, executive vice-chairman at Manchester United, said, “José is quite simply the best manager in the game today. He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here.”
“I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome him to Manchester United. His track record of success is ideal to take the Club forward.”
Since the sacking of Dutchman Louis van Gaal on Monday, the signing and official unveiling of José Mourinho has taken the Red Devils longer than they would have wanted with Mourinho’s personal rights lying with former club Chelsea FC and that issue having to be solved between the parties.
José Mourinho meanwhile said, “To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.”
“I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it has hosted some important memories for me in my career and I have always enjoyed a rapport with the United fans. I’m looking forward to being their manager and enjoying their magnificent support in the coming years.”
The pressure is now on José Mourinho to recreate at United what he has been able to do with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. But since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, United have not been the same team as the club continues to rebuild now having their third manager in Mourinho after David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.