Mourinho agrees terms with Man United: Sky TV

Thu May 26, 2016 12:37pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - English soccer's biggest club seem to have secured the services of the sport's most colorful manager after Jose Mourinho, according to Sky TV reports, agreed personal terms with Manchester United on Tuesday.

After a trophy-laden career with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, Mourinho is set to replace Dutchman Louis van Gaal, who was sacked on Monday, with a remit to bring back the glory days the club once took for granted under Alex Ferguson.

The 53-year-old, sacked by Chelsea in December seven months after winning his third Premier League title at the London club over two spells, had been constantly linked with the United job as Van Gaal struggled to make an impression at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman was dismissed two days after steering United to their first FA Cup success in 12 years when they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 after extra-time in Saturday's Wembley final.

Van Gaal's preferred possession-dominated playing style at a club more readily associated with fast, direct attacking, was widely criticized, and it appeared to take his players time to adapt.

Mourinho is also known for pragmatism, however, relying on a strong defensive foundation and hard-working midfielders and strikers.

He has a history of success wherever he has managed and a proven track record in the English game.

Mourinho won the UEFA Cup and Champions League as well as the domestic double twice in his two seasons at Porto and led Chelsea to their first top-flight title in 50 years in his first campaign, retaining it the following season.

He also won the League Cup and FA Cup before moving to Inter where he won Serie A as well as the Champions League and Italian Cup.   Continued...

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho walks towards his house in London, May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville