So, it’s officially confirmed - Jose Mourinho is the Manchester United manager.
Ever since the Portuguese was sacked from Chelsea in December, he had been heavily linked with the Old Trafford hotseat and, five months later, the speculation became reality.
Upon his appointment, Mourinho released the following statement: "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.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
"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."
Reading those words, you’d think that it’s always been Mourinho’s dream to manage the Red Devils.
Mourinho's conversation with Crerand
However, a video has emerged of him being asked about the possibility of working for the club in the future, to which he replies “no chance.”
Manchester United’s official Twitter account have uploaded the video of Mourinho, back in 2013 whilst in charge of Real Madrid, talking to Paddy Crerand.
Mourinho was complaining about having to pay for MUTV, the club’s official TV channel, and asks if he could have a free subscription.
Crerand says: “Well, the only people who don’t pay, in actual fact, have to be employees of Manchester United. What do you think about that?”
To which Mourinho replies: “No chance, I have to pay,” before laughing.
But Crerand predicted the future by saying, “Well you never know, one day.”
“One day,” Mourinho replied.
Well, that day has arrived and Mourinho is tasked with taking United back to the top of English football. He will inherit a side that finished fifth and will therefore play Europa League football next campaign.
The former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss will undoubtedly be given a hefty transfer budget as he aims to win the league for his sixth club in succession.
First through the door could be Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede will be a free agent after his contract expires at Paris Saint-Germain and could be set for a sensational reunion with Mourinho after the pair won Serie A together with Inter. Although he wouldn’t command a transfer fee, Ibrahimovic would demand high wages, as well as a massive signing on fee.
But that isn’t likely to dissuade United who have spent more than £250 million on transfers over the previous two campaigns under Louis van Gaal.
Mourinho insisted there was no chance of him managing United and fans probably thought there was no chance of Mourinho ever managing them. However, he is now in charge and it will be fascinating to see how his relationship with the fans develops over the coming seasons.