Jose Mourinho has been officially named as Manchester United's new manager and already details of the deal are shocking fans and pundits.
The official news of his appointment will not have shocked anyone aside from his bank manager, even Louis van Gaal has been reading about 'The Special One' getting ever nearer to Old Trafford for several months now.
Clearly there is a lot of pressure on the Portuguese manager and expectations will be high. Paul Scholes said this week, when talking to the BBC: "The fans at Man United demand entertaining football.
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"I think Mourinho will have watched that closely and will have seen what happened. Mourinho's a top manager, he's proven that before and hopefully he can do that again."
After a disappointing start to this season, Mourinho was unceremoniously dumped by his previous home of Chelsea, despite having large financial reserves and himself having a lucrative deal with the club.
It was reported in the Guardian, that his deal with the west Londoners was set to bring in over £30 million, designed to keep him there until 2019.
Much more shocking were revelations after his split from the club, that under the terms of his lucrative 'mega contract', if released he would continue to be paid £250k-a-week until he found himself new employment.
New Deal and Champions League Clause
Now, it has been revealed that as the Reds' new manager, he will not only be paid £10 million a year, making him one of the top paid managers ever in world football, he's also forced some more interesting terms into the new deal.
According to Portuguese outlet Correio De Manha, Manchester United will pay the manager £15.25m if he wins the Champions League.
Aside from now having a rivalry - if not a chip-on-the-shoulder - against most of the top clubs in the competition (Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea, etc.), and of course always relishing an opportunity to bring home Europe's greatest club trophy, this represents an all-new incredible incentive for success.
Manchester United have only won the Champions League twice (though they also won its predecessor, the European Cup in 1968). The last time was in 2008, when ironically the northern club beat Chelsea, then under the tuition of Avram Grant.
That game wasn't a glowing illustration, despite the wealth of talent on the pitch, with only a goal a piece in 90 minutes, before extra time and finally going to penalties for a decider. Probably not what Scholes would consider entertaining football.
Crucially, Sir Alex Ferguson failed to re-secure the trophy in a further five seasons at the club, and given his team's dominance domestically over the decades, it says a lot about the task that he only managed to secure the trophy twice.
In the post Ferguson-era, after Moyes and Van Gaal have failed miserably at the club, to win over the fans and the board as much as to win on the pitch, Mourinho has a mountain of a task ahead of him.
To the victor, the spoils, and given his track record in the competition, coincidentally having already won it twice in a much shorter career than Ferguson's, it would suggest Manchester United will, one day soon, be a major force in Europe, and certainly an opposition to be feared again.
Of course, they have to qualify for the competition first.
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