Mourinho Ready For Manchester United Tasks

Jose Mourinho, Manchester UnitedThe newly signed Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has expressed readiness to help the Red Devils overcome their recent setbacks.

The Portuguese, who was speaking during an interview told the club’s website the he feels great and thinks he is in the right moment of his career.

“I could say I am happy, I am proud, I am honoured, I am everything but the reality is what I love is to work and I cannot wait for 7th of July to go on the pitch,” he said.

He said his ambition for United was to ignore the club’s performance in the last three years and focus on the giant club he has in his hands.

“I want to focus on the history of this giant club and give what I have and what I don’t have.

“So I will give absolutely everything to try to go in the direction we all want,” he promised.

Mourinho was appointed Manchester United manager on Thursday after signing his contract at a central London hotel.

He was Chelsea’s coach between 2004 – 2007 before he left for Inter Milan and Real Madrid and subsequently returned to coach the Blues between 2013 – 2015.

The 53-year-old is regarded by a number of players and other football stakeholders as one of the most successful managers in the world.

He was named the best Portuguese Coach of the Century by the Portuguese Football Federation in 2015.

Jose Mourinho Becomes Manchester United’s Manager

Jose Mourinho, Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho has been appointed as Manchester United’s new manager after signing his contract at a central London hotel.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss met United’s Executive Vice-Chairman, Ed Woodward, on Thursday afternoon to conclude talks to take charge at Old Trafford.

Mourinho, who has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in December, replaces Louis van Gaal, who was himself sacked two days after winning the English FA Cup.

The Dutchman, who was appointed in summer 2014 after leading Holland to the World Cup semi-finals, struggled to win the hearts of United supporters with his methods and failure to guide the club into next season’s Champions League.

Mourinho is expected to be presented to the media on Friday.


Manchester United Sack Louis van Gaal

Manchester United, Louis Van GaalManchester United have sacked first team manager, Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman’s departure had been widely expected despite United’s FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.

After a meeting with employment lawyer Paul Gilroy QC at the club’s Carrington training base on Monday morning, Van Gaal and United have now gone their separate ways.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: “I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries).

“He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage.

“Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future.”

The Dutchman, who was appointed in summer 2014 after leading Holland to the World Cup semi-finals, struggled to win the hearts of United supporters with his methods and failure to guide the club into next season’s Champions League.

The club says a “decision on a successor as manager will be announced soon” but several media sources have reported that Jose Mourinho is set to take over.

Manchester United have also been expected to announce Ryan Giggs has followed Louis van Gaal in leaving the club.

With Van Gaal and his Dutch staff having been dismissed, Giggs is said to feel he has no option to follow them out of the Old Trafford door.

Giggs is United’s record appearance holder, having played for the club 963 times, scoring 168 goals, and is also their most decorated player, whose honours include 13 Premier League triumphs.

Manchester United Win FA Cup With Lingard’s Extra-time Goal

Manchester-UnitedManchester United on Saturday won its 12th FA Cup title, beating Crystal Palace 2-1 in extra time.

Jesse Lingard’s fantastic volley in the 110th minute was the decisive goal, after Juan Mata responded to Jason Puncheon’s opener in a late flurry of action in regulation.

With the victory, Manchester United now tie with Arsenal which had also won the title 12 times.

The game marked a rematch of the 1990 final, also won by Manchester United 1-0 in a replay following a 3-3 draw in the first go-around.

The result also leaves Crystal Palace in search of its first major trophy.

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Crystal Palace was near winning its first trophy

Palace thought it had the lead in the 17th minute, but referee Mark Clattenburg whistled for a foul despite Connor Wickham continuing to play on and scoring after getting tackled.

Manchester United’s best chance early came through Marouane Fellaini, who nearly opened the scoring just minutes into the second half, but he hit the corner of the woodwork after receiving a pass from Marcus Rashford.

There are indications that Manchester United, may tab Jose Mourinho as its manager, taking over from Louis van Gaal.

After listing up the title cup, van Gal said: “It’s fantastic to win this title for the club, for the fans and also for me because now I’ve won a cup in four countries and not many managers can say that so I’m happy.

“Of course I was concerned, with 10 players and we’ve played Tuesday evening also but we have deserved it I think. It was a super goal [from Lingard] but we knew that”!

Also reacting to the victory Wayne Rooney said: “It was a great advert for the Premier League. Credit to Crystal Palace, it was a tough game but we hang on in there and a good goal from Jesse – to come from Manchester it must be an incredible feeling for him.

“We’ve had a tough end to the season but I thought we worked very hard today. Our determination has got us through this so we’re delighted. It’s a special moment – it’s a competition I’ve watched growing up as a fan, I’ve lost two finals before so I’ll enjoy this tonight.

“It has been a while [since United last won a trophy] but it’s great for the fans, it’s fantastic. To win a trophy will lift the supporters”.

Crystal Palace To Face Manchester United In FA Cup Final

FA CupCrystal Palace on Sunday evening set up a repeat of the 1990 English FA Cup final against Manchester United after Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham secured a 2-1 victory over Watford at Wembley.

Bolasie headed in Yohan Cabaye’s corner to put Palace in front but after six minutes Troy Deeney sparked the semi-final into life with Watford’s equaliser nine minutes after halftime.

The equaliser, however, only lasted for seven minutes as Wickham popped up with the winning goal on 61 minutes.

Manchester United had defeated Everton 2-0 at Wembley on Saturday to go through into a record-equalling 19th FA Cup final.

Marouane Fellaini gave United a deserved first-half lead from close range and goalkeeper David de Gea also brilliantly saved Romelu Lukaku’s 57th-minute penalty.

An injury-time goal by Anthony Martial ensured Louis van Gaal’s side will face Crystal Palace.