Man Utd appoints Mourinho as manager

Mourinho, who has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, will succeed Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who parted ways with the club on Monday, after he failed to secure a place in next season's Champions League.

A visibly happy Mourinho leaves his home in Central London after his appointment as Manchester United manager, with droves of media persons in toe.   -  Reuters

Manchester United has announced that former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has become its new manager.

Mourinho, who has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, will succeed Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who parted ways with the club on Monday, after he failed to secure a place in next season's Champions League.





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The club said in a statement that the Portuguese coach has signed a three year contract with an option to stay until "at least 2020".

"To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game," Mourinho said. "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."

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"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."

Media reports said Mourinho will earn up to 15 million pounds ($21 million/19.6 million euros) a year and will have a 200 million pound fund to buy players for United who failed to qualify for the Champions League with its fifth place finish in the Premier League.

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"Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today," said United's executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.

"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."

He has won league titles and cups in four countries with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. He won the Champions League in 2004 with FC Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan.

The Portugese coach was sacked by Chelsea in December after a poor defence of its Premier League title, bringing to an end his second stint at Stamford Bridge.

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