London: Jose Mourinho on Friday said that he was honoured to have been given the charge of the globally popular Red Devils aka Manchester United. The 53-year-old Portuguese said, “To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world.”

He added that he had always “felt an affinity with Old Trafford” and claimed he has “always enjoyed a rapport with the United fans.”

He added: “I’m looking forward to being their manager and enjoying their magnificent support in the coming years. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.”

His appointment made headlines all over the world with Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward saying, “Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today.”

Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December last year, was widely seen as the favourite to replace Louis van Gaal, who came under constant criticism amid United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.

“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,” read a statement on United’s website.

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