New Delhi: Ending all rumours, Manchester United on Friday confirmed Jose Mourinho as the new manager of the club.
The news was made official days after Louis van Gaal stepped down from the post after failing to secure a place in next season's Champions League..
In an official statement, the Red Devils said, "Jose Mourinho will take over as manager of Manchester United from the 2016/17 season, signing a three-year contract with an option to stay at the club until at least 2020.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 27, 2016
Jose, 53, has managed at the top level of European football for over a decade and in that time has won league titles and cups in four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), as well as winning the UEFA Champions League twice – in 2004 with FC Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan.
Announcing the appointment, Ed Woodward said: "José is quite simply the best manager in the game today. He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here.
"I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome him to Manchester United. His track record of success is ideal to take the club forward."
José Mourinho said: "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.
Van Gaal had appeared certain to lose his job since reports leaked out after United`s FA Cup final victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was being lined up to replace him.
The 64-year-old had hoped leading United to their first major silverware since the retirement of legendary boss Alex Ferguson in 2013 would persuade the club`s United States-based owners, the Glazer family, to let him see out the final season of his three-year contract.