José Mourinho was confirmed on Friday as the new Manager of Manchester United. The man will take over as manager of Manchester United from the 2016-17 season. He signed a three-year contract with an option to stay at Old Trafford until at least 2020.
The Portuguese coach has won 22 trophies since 2003. José, 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 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.”
José Mourinho 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.”
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A translator at Barcelona under Bobby Robson, Jose Mourinho won the Champions League with Porto in 2004 before moving to Chelsea, where he infamously announced himself as The Special One. Three years at Stamford Bridge brought five trophies, but he was sacked in 2007. He moved on to Inter Milan where he won the treble in 2010, earning himself a move to Real Madrid in the process. After three years at the Bernabeu it was announced he would be returning to Chelsea in the summer of 2013 after six years away. He won the Premier League in 2015 but was sacked just months later with the Blues languishing in 16th position in the table in December. He returned to management on 27 May 2016, signing a three-year contract to become Manchester United boss.
Please, watch Jose Mourinho’s first exclusive interview with MUTV – as Manchester United manager, below:
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