CONFIRMED: Jose Mourinho is the new Manchester United manager

Mourinho to replace Van Gaal at Man Utd
Mourinho to replace Van Gaal at Man Utd

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been named as Manchester United's new manager today, Sky Sports have confirmed.

The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan coach Mourinho will take charge at Old Trafford.

The news has been reported by several media outlets, with Sky Sports confirming that the Special One has signed a deal with the Red Devils:

Mourinho's first game in charge is likely to be against Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on June 22 before facing neighbours Manchester City and their new coach, Pep Guardiola, in Beijing three days later.

Once Louis van Gaal's sacking was confirmed on Monday, it did not seem that there was a possibility of anyone besides Mourinho taking the Old Trafford hotseat.

Some of his former players have already been linked with moves to Manchester, including Chelsea duo Willian and Nemanja Matic as well as Sweden superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

It has been suggested that Mourinho wants to stick to club tradition by inserting former United players into his backroom staff.

Ryan Giggs, who was Louis van Gaal's right-hand man, has also been allegedly offered such a position but seems unlikely to have as pivotal a role in the club in the coming seasons, should he stick around.

Former Red Devils keeper and current club legend Peter Schmeichel believes that Giggs should reject any offer from Mourinho in preference to forging his own managerial path.

One worry for United fans is Dutch football legend Frank de Boer’s suggestion that the Portuguese may be much more similar to Van Gaal than people think.

Another club legend in the form of Rio Ferdinand gave further confirmation of the appointment:

An official club announcement is expected tomorrow, according to several different reports.