“Park the bus for more years now”, “Boring era continues” Man United fans go crazy as Mourinho signs new contract

Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has signed a new contract extension with the club until 2020 and also has an option of extending it by a further year, the club has officially confirmed.

Mourinho succeeded Louis van Gaal back in May 2016 and signed a three-year deal with the Red Devils. Although Manchester United finished 6th in the Premier League, the Portuguese guided the club to a League Cup triumph and their first ever Europa League success. Also, let’s not forget the Community Shield at the beginning of the previous season.

His team started off the 2017/18 season in absolute style but some faded results in the midst of the campaign now see United trailing table-toppers Manchester City by 12 points. Although the Devils are out of the EFL Cup, they are still alive in the FA Cup as well as in the Champions League. Also, the Premier League triumph is still a mathematical possibility.

Speaking of the new contract, Ed Woodward praised Mourinho’s work rate and professionalism by saying,

“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. 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.”

Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, seemed delighted with the deal and said,

“I am really honoured and proud to be Manchester United manager. 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. 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. We are creating the conditions for a brilliant and successful future for Manchester United.

“My thanks, of course, go to my staff and to my players; without their empathy and friendship, this wouldn’t be possible. I love my players and it is a pleasure to know that we are going to be together for at least the next three years.

“And I cannot finish without thanking the fans for their support and for making me feel at home so quickly. I repeat, to be Manchester United manager is an honour every day and I am really happy.”

With the contract, Mourinho has become the first Manchester United manager after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement to sign a new extension and having said that, here’s how the fans reacted to the news.