At long last, Manchester United fans heave a huge sigh of relief as the club confirms the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager.
The 53-year-old signs a three-year deal, after months of speculation linking him to the job at Old Trafford.
The former Chelsea manager replaces sacked Louis van Gaal, who delivered the club’s first FA trophy in over a decade.
Announcing the appointment, Ed Woodward said:
“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.
“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.”
Mourinho has been an open admirer of Manchester United over many years and had been expected to replace Van Gaal since his sacking by Chelsea in December 2015.
“To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game,” the Portuguese 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.
“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.”
Mourinho has eight league titles to his name from his days with Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid, including three Premier League triumphs.
But United has not finished higher than fourth in the three years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired after collecting 13 league crowns in his 26-year reign.
They finished in fifth place in 2015-16, prompting the decision to dismiss Van Gaal and replace him with his former Barcelona coaching protege.
The club has yet to confirm whether assistant manager Ryan Giggs will remain as part of Mourinho’s backroom staff.