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Published: 09:45 | 27/5/16

Mourinho named United manager

The Special One signs three-year deal

Jose Mourinho is the new manager of Manchester United, the Premier League club has confirmed.

Mourinho has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford with reports emerging at the weekend that he would succeed Louis van Gaal regardless of the result in the FA Cup Final.

United defeated Crystal Palace to claim their first piece of silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in May 2013 but it was not enough to save the Dutchman and he was sacked on Monday evening.

Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes met with United's executive vice-chairman on Tuesday and an agreement was quickly reached, only for an issue over images rights to delay his appointment.

He put pen to paper on a three-year contract on Thursday with an option to stay at the club until at least 2020.

"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," Mourinho said in a statement.

"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."

The 53-year-old 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.

"José 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," Woodward said.

"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."

Former United captain Rio Ferdinand has welcomed Mourinho to the club and has backed him to be a success at Old Trafford.

"Congratulations to Jose on being announced manager of the biggest club in the world!" Ferdinand on Facebook.

"This is Jose Mourinho's most exciting & most challenging job yet.

"The first thing he needs to do is install 'winning mentality' back into the club. Get this ingredient back into the players but also the people that work inside the club day to day. Give them back that belief so it is breathing throughout the club again, which is so important. But doing the above in the Manchester United way is equally as important.

"I have heard many say the 'Mourinho WAY' is not the Manchester United style of playing football. However, the Chelsea team that Jose put together first time round when he entered the Premier League played with wingers and hurt teams with quick attacking play. They had the likes of [Arjen] Robben and [Damien] Duff on the wings who were direct and quick.

"This is a sign he knows how to get a team playing in a way Manchester United fans can look forward to seeing."

Mourinho will have to contend with Europa League football next season after United missed out on the Champions League.

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