After the long speculated deal between the English-Football Club, Manchester United and the former Chelsea handler, Jose Mourinho was finally finalize, the red devil acknowledged the Portuguese as the best manager so far.
The United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, in a statement, after signing a three year contract with Mourinho, said “Jose 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.”
The 53-year-old Portuguese replaces Dutchman Louis van Gaal whose two-year reign at Old Trafford ended on Monday when he was sacked two days after United won the FA Cup.
Mourinho, sacked by Chelsea in December, had been widely expected to succeed Van Gaal and his agent Jorge Mendes met United officials on Tuesday to discuss personal terms.
The talks with the former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager became protracted, however, when it emerged that Chelsea, who sacked Mourinho in December, still owned his name as a trademark.
Now the stage is set for the marriage of two of world soccer’s biggest names – Mourinho, the manager who collects trophies wherever he goes, and Manchester United, England’s most successful club and a global giant.
Mourinho, following the deal’s confirmation, 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.”