Man Utd Appoint Jose Mourinho

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 26 May 2016, 18:17

Jose MourinhoIt's finally official. After months of almost insufferable speculation Jose Mourinho has been appointed the new manager of Manchester United, replacing the sacked Louis van Gaal at the helm.

It will be the 53-year-old's eighth spell during what has so far been, on the whole, a hugely prosperous 16 years in the managerial arena, while it's his first position since losing his job at Chelsea back in December.

A jam-packed CV

In Mourinho United have appointed one of the most successful, and high-profile, managers working in the game today. The Portuguese coach has won a plethora of honours since venturing into the managerial arena with Benfica back in 2000, including two Champions League trophies, the Europa League, three Premier League titles, La Liga, Serie A (x2), and the Primeira Liga (x2).

Meanwhile, struggling United have won just one major trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson departed in May 2013, and that particular honour came last weekend in the form of the FA Cup, however that come-from-behind victory over Crystal Palace wasn't enough for Van Gaal to cling onto the job.

A return to the glory days?

It's now up to the Dutchman's successor, Mourinho, to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford. The main focus will be leading United to a first Premier League title (6/1 Coral) since 2012/13 - the Red Devils have never gone four successive seasons without winning the trophy - while further domestic cup success will also be targeted, however Mourinho will be forced to wait for Champions League football, with United in the Europa League after finishing missing out on a top-4 finish last term.

Premier League home to the best managers

A number of the world's elite players may be enjoying life in sunny Spain, but there is no question that the Premier League is now home to some of the best managers in the game.

Mourinho joins the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte, and Arsene Wenger over in England, while Claudio Ranieri is now a Premier League champion, whereas Mauricio Pochettino is rapidly becoming of the most highly-rated gaffers in the game, plus Manuel Pellegrini could be set for an instant return with managerless Everton.

A renewing of rivalries

Perhaps the most intriguing sub-plot surrounding Mourinhio's return is the renewal of one of world football's most famous managerial rivalries: Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola - polar opposites who are now not only back in the same league, but the same city.

The duo infamously locked horns when Mourinho was in charge of Real Madrid, and Guardiola at Barcelona. It was during this period in Spain where things turned ugly for the former friends - who worked together at Barcelona, as captain and assistant coach in the 1990s - as they frequently clashed in the dugout. The managers will now lock horns once again in Manchester, and you can expect fireworks during, and in the frenzied build-up to, the first Manchester derby of the season.

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