Jose Mourinho is on his way to Manchester United after Louis van Gaal was sacked by the club on Monday morning.
The Portuguese coach has finally landed the job he’s long coveted and is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Red Devils, bringing Rui Faria and Silvino Louro with him to Old Trafford.
Chelsea fans have had long enough to get used to the thought of their former hero managing the Red Devils - Mourinho has been strongly linked with a move to United since he was sacked by the Blues back in December - but it remains to be seen what sort of reception he’ll receive at Stamford Bridge next season.
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The 53-year-old, however, is unlikely to be overly concerned.
He has a major point to prove after his unceremonious sacking from Chelsea - just seven months after guiding the west London outfit to the Premier League title - while the chance to outwit the likes of Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte - as well as Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino, Claudio Ranieri and Arsene Wenger - will provide additional incentive if he needed it.
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Mourinho has always been very respectful towards United, right back to when he first went head-to-head with the Premier League giants in the Champions League during his time with FC Porto back in 2003.
Mourinho hints United are bigger than Chelsea and Liverpool
Even when he was managing Chelsea earlier this season, he admitted - in his own unique way - that United were bigger than both his former employers and Liverpool.
"Chelsea is a big club. Liverpool is a big club,” Mourinho said, before adding: “Manchester United is a super big club."
Is Jose Mourinho a gamble for United?
Mourinho was speaking back at the end of October, when Chelsea were languishing 15th in the Premier League table.
Despite his dismal final season at Stamford Bridge - and the fact his spell with Real Madrid also ended on a sour note - United have decided to hire the man they believe can help the club recover from the ill-fated tenures of David Moyes and Van Gaal.
His first priority will be to get the club back in the Champions League after they missed the cut this season.
Mourinho will find himself managing in the Europa League next season but will no doubt be excited by the prospect of getting his career back on track with one of the world’s biggest football clubs.
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