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Mourinho Signs With United

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Jose Mourinho

Manchester, England – With a big hashtag “#WelcomJose”, Manchester United announced on Friday morning the signing of its newest first team manager, Portuguese Jose Mourinho.

The former Chelsea manager has signed a three-year deal, keeping him at the helm of the Old Trafford club until 2019.

He replaces Dutchman and mentor Louis van Van Gaal, who was dismissed on Monday, two days after the club’s FA Cup win.

“Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today,” said United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Mourinho, 53, said: “To become Manchester United manager is a special honor in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world.”

He said he had always “felt an affinity with Old Trafford” and claimed he has “always enjoyed a rapport with the United fans”.

He added: “I’m looking forward to being their manager and enjoying their magnificent support in the coming years.

“There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.”

Mou, like many like to call him, has been out of work since December when he was sacked from his position by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for the team’s poor performance and being close to relegation positions.

The Portuguese’s appointment followed three days of talks between his agent, Jorge Mendes, and senior United officials.

What’s next for Mourinho?

The Special One’s biggest task will be to bring greatness back to Old Trafford. Something that has been lost since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. Additionally, finding the right players for his system and making the list for those who are to leave.

The ironies of soccer can sometimes separate and bring people together, in Manchester, we will now have two of the greatest managers of all time going head to head for the leadership of not only one city but also an entire nation. Pep Guardiola, now manager of Manchester City, has also joined the Premier League this season. Mourinho was manager of Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013, winning one La Liga title, while Guardiola was coach of Barcelona.

This will definitely be a fun season in Manchester.

Jose Mourinho