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May 27, 2016

Manchester United appoints José Mourinho as new manager

Manchester United appoints José Mourinho as new manager

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Today, association football club Manchester United F.C. announced they appointed Portuguese José Mourinho as their new manager for the next three seasons with an option to stay at the club until 2020. Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal was fired on Monday after two-years of service at Old Trafford.

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Cquote1.svg Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today. He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe Cquote2.svg

—Ed Woodward, Manchester United Vice-Chairman

Manchester United finished in fifth position in the Premier League this season under Dutchman Louis van Gaal and missed out on UEFA Champions League qualification, but won the FA Cup 2–1 against Crystal Palace.

Mourinho previously served London-based club Chelsea in two spells and won the Premier League with them three times, lastly in the 2014–15 season. He also worked with Spain’s capital club Real Madrid winning one La Liga title with Los Blancos, Champions League and domestic league titles with Portuguese club FC Porto and Italian club Internazionale.

Mourinho has a 66% win record and 2.19 points-per-match ratio in the Premier League, the best in the league. In his first season (2004-05) at Chelsea, The Blues won the title with a record high 95 points.

Ed Woodward, Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman, praised Mourinho saying “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”. Mourinho said, “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 has won trophies in four different countries. His team is to face German side Borussia Dortmund and local rivals Manchester City in club friendlies during July.


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May 26, 2016

Manchester United sacks van Gaal after winning FA Cup

Manchester United sacks van Gaal after winning FA Cup

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On Monday, English football club Manchester United sacked their manager Louis van Gaal just two days after his team won the 2015–16 FA Cup — the twelfth FA Cup victory for The Red Devils.

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Cquote1.svg I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan. Cquote2.svg

—Louis van Gaal

Appointed as the manager of the club in July 2014, Dutchman van Gaal said “I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan.” This year’s FA Cup was Manchester United’s first trophy under van Gaal.

Under his management, Manchester United landed fourth and fifth in the Premier League table, and this season they missed UEFA Champions League qualification. They had 58.47% possession, the best average in the league, and eighteen cleansheets, but The Red Devils scored only 49 goals in the league, the worst they have done in more than last two decades.

Louis van Gaal was informed by Ed Woodward, Vice-Chariman of Manchester United, that the club would sack him from the managerial position. van Gaal is reportedly to receive about £6million, his annual salary, before leaving for Portugal.

In the FA Cup final versus Crystal Palace, the first half ended in a 0–0 draw. In the 78th minute Jason Puncheon scored for Crystal Palace but minutes later, Juan Mata equalised. The 90-minute mark ended with 1–1 on the score board. Chris Smalling received his second yellow card and was sent off minutes before Jesse Lingard scored the winner from a volley in the 110th minute.

With the FA Cup title, according to Woodward, Louis van Gaal has won a title in four different nations.



May 21, 2016
Crystal Palace 1–2 Manchester United Wembly Stadium, London
Attendance: 88,619
Referee: Flag of England.svg Mark Clattenburg, England
Jason Puncheon Scored after 78 minutes 78′ 0–0 (HT) Juan Mata Scored after 81 minutes 81′
Jesse Lingard Scored after 110 minutes 110′
Chris Smalling Booked after 19'Booked again after 106'Sent off after 106' 19′, 106′

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