Jose Mourinho
Reports on Friday claimed that Jose Mourinho has had a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United.Reuters

Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their next manager. The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Chelsea coach signed a three-year deal at Old Trafford on Friday.

The contract also mentions having an option for the Portuguese football coach to stay on with Manchester United at least until 2020.

"To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match," Mourinho told the club's website after officially putting pen to paper.

"I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it has hosted some important memories for me in my career and I have always enjoyed a rapport with the United fans. I'm looking forward to being their manager and enjoying their magnificent support in the coming years."

Mourinho has won every possible trophy that European club football has to offer — the UEFA Champions League, the Portuguese league, the Premier League, the Serie A and the La Liga. His arrival to the Theatre of Dreams has been lapped up by United Chief Executive Ed Woodward.

"Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today. He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here [with Chelsea]," Woodward said.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome him to Manchester United. His track record of success is ideal to take the club forward."