Jose Mourinho has been appointed the new manager of Manchester United, at least according to Sky Sports.
Their reporter Andy Burton has been shamelessly camped outside of Mourinho's London home this week and watched as he left this afternoon wearing a sharp suit with a black and red tie.
He returned an hour later with some documents in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other. It is believed he had met Manchester United executive Ed Woodward at a hotel to finalise terms of a three-year contract and becomes their third manager since 2014 as a result.
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We still await official announcement from Manchester United with Woodward believed to be talking with Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes to cross I's and dot T's. Leaving the minutiae to one side, it appears the deal is as good as done with even Rio Ferdinand sending his warm congratulations to the Special One via his Facebook page.
The legendary Red Devils defender did not just say congratulations, however, he instead posted a 350-word tribute to the former Chelsea manager, dismissing claims that he will fail to reintroduce the 'Manchester United way' and hailing him as a 'mouthwatering appointment'.
Take a look at his post below:
Congratulations to Jose on being announced manager of the biggest club in the world!
This is Jose Mourinho's most exciting & most challenging job yet.
The first thing he needs to do is install 'winning mentality' back into the club. Get this ingredient back into the players but also the people that work inside the club day to day. Give them back that belief so it is breathing throughout the club again, which is so important. But doing the above in the Manchester United way is equally as important.
I have heard many say the 'Mourinho WAY' is not the Manchester United style of playing football. However, the Chelsea team that Jose put together first time round when he entered the Premier League played with wingers and hurt teams with quick attacking play. They had the likes of Robben and Duff on the wings who were direct and quick.
This is a sign he knows how to get a team playing in a way Manchester United fans can look forward to seeing.
Another doubt I keep hearing and being asked is, will he keep in with the tradition of the club which is bringing through the young players? For the moment, I can't answer this, only time will tell.
One thing I can tell Manchester United fans is that they have got themselves a true winner in all aspects. His CV shows success!
After his recent unsuccessful time at Chelsea in the final year, I can assure you this winner is now a wounded animal which makes him such a mouthwatering appointment. Jose went from winning the League cup & Premier League to a season of disappointment at Chelsea and I am certain he will want to restore all of that very quickly.
He will be desperate to silence the media who have been writing and saying negative things about him (he will have stored it all being the competitor he is) and will be as focused as ever.
Mourinho's huge personality is made for this great club, it's what he has been waiting for. Wishing him all the best!
One thing Manchester United fans have been concerned about, however, is how Mourinho will treat their promising young stars. For all of Louis van Gaal's shortcomings, his commitment to blooding new youth was impressive with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah breaking through.
Mourinho famously builds his team around experienced stars and a plethora of prospects have seen their careers stall under his stewardship. Even Ferdinand admitted that "only time will tell" with regards to his youth record.
There is also concern that Mourinho will install the very same defensive football that Van Gaal was sacked for, but Ferdinand rejected this, pointing to his exciting Chelsea team that dominated the Premier League in both 2005 and 2006.
He said: "I have heard many say the 'Mourinho WAY' is not the Manchester United style of playing football.
"However, the Chelsea team that Jose put together first time round when he entered the Premier League played with wingers and hurt teams with quick attacking play. They had the likes of Robben and Duff on the wings who were direct and quick."
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