Jose Mourinho says his appointment as manager of Manchester United has come at the perfect time in his career.
The Portuguese was officially named the new boss at Old Trafford on Friday having signed a three year contract with the 20 times topflight champions.
At the helm Mourinho replaces Louis Van Gaal who was sacked on Monday, two days after United’s FA Cup win.
Mourinho said: “I think this comes in the right moment in my career because Man United is one of these clubs where you need really to be prepared for it, because they are what I used to call a giant club and giant clubs must be for the best managers and I think I’m ready for it.”
The 53 year old has been out of work since December after being sacked by Chelsea who he guided to three Premier League titles, three League Cups and an FA Cup over two spells with the club.
He has won league and cup titles in four different countries as well as winning the Champions League twice, once in 2004 with FC Porto and again in 2010 with Inter Milan.
Manchester United’s FA Cup triumph last weekend was the first piece of major silverware the club has won since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
Since then United have suffered a dramatic dip in form.
Ferguson’s replacement David Moyes lasted just ten months in charge with the side eventually ending the season seventh and out of European competition for a first time since 1989–90.
There was a slight improvement in Van Gaal’s first season at the helm with a fourth-place finish, but the Dutchman came under fire from fans and former club players for steering United away from its traditional, exciting attacking play.
In Van Gaal’s final campaign in charge the Red Devils wobbled through season, were eliminated at the Champions League group stage and could only manage a fifth-place finish in the Premier League, leaving Europa League football to look forward for the 2016/2017 season.
United’s only highlight of last term came in the form of a 12th FA Cup success, but that wasn’t enough to prevent the club’s board from ringing the managerial changes.
With managers Jurgen Klopp already at Liverpool, Pep Guardiola inbound for Manchester City and Antonio Conte heading to Chelsea, Mourinho’s arrival in the Premier League sets the stage for a very interesting season to come.