Jose Mourinho takes the reins at Man United

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been appointed the new manager of Man United, after the Special One put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

The 53-year-old takes over at Old Trafford from Louis van Gaal, who was sacked on Monday after a disappointing Premier League campaign saw the club miss out of Champions League football.

Jose Mourinho becomes Man Utd'd third manager since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 image: theguardian.com

Jose Mourinho becomes Man Utd’d third manager since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013
image: theguardian.com

In a statement on the club’s website, Mourinho said it was an honour to take charge at the greatest club in the world and has no doubt that the fans will get behind him as he looks to bring United back to the top.

“To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game,” said the former Chelsea gaffer.

“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.”

After he led Porto to an incredible Champions League triumph in 2004, Mourinho took charge at Chelsea leading the club to back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, as well as guiding them to the FA Cup in 2007.

After he left Chelsea in September 2007, Mourinho would move to Inter Milan the following summer where he would lead them to back-to-back Serie A titles in 2009 and 2010 and also guided them to Champions League success in 2010.

Mourinho would switch Italy for Spain in the summer of 2010 when he joined Real Madrid, winning the La Liga title in 2012 but he would return to Chelsea in 2013 and guided the Blues to a third Premier League title under his tutelage in 2015.

However, the defence of their title in the 2015-16 season got off to a disastrous start and he left the club for a second time in December after losing nine out of sixteen league games.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is delighted to have secured the greatest manager in the modern game and hopes the Special One can bring his winning mentality to Old Trafford.

“José is quite simply the best manager in the game today,” said Woodward.

“His track record of success is ideal to take the club forward. 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.”

Mourinho will now get cracking on the £200m he has to spend in the summer transfer market with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez, Kostas Manolas and Rapahel Varane just a few names being linked with a move to the Red Devils.

My Opinion

I am absolutely delighted that Jose Mourinho is manager of Man United and although he has a massive job on his hands, Mourinho is a born winner and I have no doubt he can lead Man United back to the top of English football.

It has been a long-time coming but after a horrible season as a Man United supporter under Louis van Gaal, I can say I am excited for what lies ahead for United and what should be a busy summer in the transfer market.

I also hope he can get the best out of prospect Memphis Depay, while I hope Juan Mata stays at Old Trafford despite being sold by Mourinho at Chelsea.

Things did go pear-shaped at Real Madrid and in his second stint at Chelsea but I hope we can avoid a repeat of that. It might be too soon next season to win the Premier League but things are definitely on the up at Old Trafford.

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