Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has signed a new deal with the club, keeping him at Old Trafford until at least 2020, their official website confirmed.
The 54-year-old won the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League in his first season, and has United second in the Premier League, into the fourth round of the FA Cup and helped them reach the knockouts of the Champions League. It’s been a good 18 months, and Mourinho believes there’s more to come.
“I am really honoured and proud to be Manchester United manager,” he said. “I would like to say a big thank you to the owners and to Mr Woodward for the recognition of my hard work and dedication. I am delighted they feel and trust that I am the right manager for this great club for the foreseeable future.
“We have set very high standards – winning three trophies in one season – but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for. We are creating the conditions for a brilliant and successful future for Manchester United.
“My thanks, of course, go to my staff and to my players; without their empathy and friendship this wouldn’t be possible. I love my players and it is a pleasure to know that we are going to be together for at least the next three years.
“And I cannot finish without thanking the fans for their support and for making me feel at home so quickly. I repeat, to be Manchester United manager is an honour every day and I am really happy.”
Manchester United look out of the Premier League title race this season, with rivals Manchester City 12 points clear after 24 games. The Red Devils recently procured Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, boosting their attacking ahead of the return of the Champions League in the coming weeks, and there’s a lot of positivity around the club as a result.
Mourinho, who has managed Real Madrid, Chelsea, Inter Milan and FC Porto, is one game away from hitting 100 in charge of United. He boasts 61 wins (62%), and will be hoping he can win another domestic title before his time is up. For now, he’s thinking of the present not the future, and the move to Manchester has gone pretty well so far.
Chief Executive Ed Woodward paid tribute to the 54-year-old, saying: “Jose has already achieved a great deal as Manchester United manager and I am delighted that he has agreed to extend his commitment until at least 2020.
“His work rate and professionalism are exceptional and he has embraced the club’s desire to promote top quality young players to the first team. He has brought an energy and a sense of purpose to everything that he does and I am sure that will continue to bring results for the fans and the club.”