Manchester United made the hiring of Jose Mourinho official on Friday, with vice chairman Ed Woodward calling him “the best in the game.”
Mourinho hasn’t accepted a job since being let go by Chelsea this winter, and United fired Louis Van Gaal after the manager led them to the FA Cup title on Saturday.
It is a three-year deal, which will certainly lead to snarky comments regarding Mourinho’s three-year stints around Europe, but the manager has won the league within two years at every stop since Porto.
His first of many quotes to come are in an announcement post on ManUtd.com:
“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.”
So after a Premier League season in which perhaps the most remarkable story in English football history was told, next season will have Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte guiding the massive ships of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea through first full seasons.
Is it August yet?