Manchester United have confirmed Jose Mourinho as their new manager, with the ‘Special One’ signing a three-year-deal at Old Trafford.
On Monday United announced that manager Louis Van Gaal would leave the club, 48-hours after delivering the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley; the clubs first win in the competition for 12-years.
Mourinho won the Premier League title with Chelsea in the 2014/15 season, but was unable to reach the same levels in 2015/16 and left Stamford Bridge in December. But his record as a manager is unrivalled, particularly in the Premier League where his 66% win ratio is the best in the history of the league.
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After a turbulent two seasons under Van Gaal, which has seen vocal criticism from both fans and pundits for the style of play, it will be interesting to see how Mourinho changes things. But one thing is for certain, ‘The Special One’ guarantees success.
Manchester United a special club for the Special One
Manchester United released a statement saying: “Jose, 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.”
While Mourinho added, “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.”
The move also adds another fascinating subplot to the Manchester Derby, as Mourinho goes head-to-head with new Man City manager Pep Guardiola. The pair enjoyed a superb rivalry when in they were in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona – and fans will be hoping for the same levels of drama.
While the potential signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic will excite the Old Trafford crowds.
One thing is for sure the Premier League needs Mourinho and it is great to have him back.