Manchester United boss José Mourinho has signed a contract extension, keeping him at the Old Trafford based club until 2020, with the option of a further year.

José Mourinho is set to extend his stay at the Red Devils, who are arguably in their best form since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

Mixed Bag

Manchester United have struggled to replicate the success of legendary former boss Sir Alex Ferguson ever since his departure in 2013.

The Scot was replaced by current West Ham boss David Moyes, who was sacked in 2014 after an abysmal run of form left the club languishing outside of the top 4. Consequently, The Red Devils missed out on a Champion’s League spot for the following season.

Moyes was then replaced temporarily by club legend Ryan Giggs, who took the Old Trafford hotseat temporarily for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

Louis Van Gaal was then drafted in, who boasted an impressive managerial CV which included stints at Bayern Munich and Barcelona. An improvement was seen, albeit nothing major, but the highlight of his United managerial career came in the form of an FA Cup win in 2016.

However, that wasn’t enough to keep the Dutchman in the job, as the United board found themselves with the ideal opportunity to snap up Mourinho, who had been sacked by Chelsea just a few months before.

Bringing In The Trophies

Since his appointment as Manchester United boss in 2016, José Mourinho has brought considerable improvement at Old Trafford. The former Porto boss oversaw United’s first ever Europa League trophy win, alongside their 5th EFL Cup title in the 2016/17 season.

However, United are yet to win the Premier League ever since Sir Alex’s retirement, missing out on the title to the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Leicester City. So in that regard, United have plenty of room for improvement.

Final Thoughts

Jose Mourinho is renowned for lacking longevity at his clubs, but it appears that he’s in this one for the long term. He’s brought stability to the club despite them suffering from a poor run of form in terms of goal return in many fixtures.

United look set to miss out on the Premier League trophy once more, with close neighbours Manchester City currently enjoying a substantial lead at the top of the table. In spite of this, they sit second in the league, and see no signs of faltering with a run of wins keeping them in contention, should City see their lead slip, which isn’t unheard of!

United are also still in this year’s Champion’s League competition, having reached the last sixteen. They are due to face Sevilla next month. As well as this, they are also part of the FA Cup, and are due to face Yeovil Town in the competition on Friday 26th January.

The next few years will undoubtedly be an exciting period for United fans, especially with the signing of high profile players such as Alexis Sanchez. But it remains to be seen whether José Mourinho will bring further success to Old Trafford, although he has certainly proven himself in the past.

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