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Mourinho signs extension at Manchester United through at least 2020

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Mourinho signs extension at Manchester United through at least 2020

Mourinho signs extension at Manchester United through at least 2020

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has signed a contract extension until 2020, with the option for a further year.

Mourinho’s original deal, signed when he was appointed to replace Louis van Gaal in 2016, was to expire after next season. 

The 54-year-old won the League Cup and Europa League last season, becoming the first United boss to capture a major trophy in his first campaign in charge.

“I am really honoured and proud to be Manchester United manager,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

“We are creating the conditions for a brilliant and successful future for Manchester United.”

United are second in the Premier League this season, 12 points behind rivals Manchester City.

They’ve also reached the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Sevilla, and the fourth round of the FA Cup, where they play Yeovil Town on Friday.

“Jose has already achieved a great deal as Manchester United manager and I am delighted that he has agreed to extend his commitment until at least 2020,” United Chief Executive Ed Woodward said.

“His work rate and professionalism are exceptional and he has embraced the club’s desire to promote top quality young players to the first team.

“He has brought an energy and a sense of purpose to everything that he does and I am sure that will continue to bring results for the fans and the club.”

Doubts about Mourinho’s future at the club arose earlier this season when he was linked with Paris Saint-Germain.

He had also questioned the club’s transfer spending, but was handed a boost on Monday with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

“I would like to say a big thank you to the owners and to Mr Woodward for the recognition of my hard work and dedication,” Mourinho said.

“I am delighted they feel and trust that I am the right manager for this great club for the foreseeable future.

“We have set very high standards – winning three trophies in one season – but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for.”

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