Jose Mourinho has signed a contract to become the new Manchester United manager, according to Sky sources.
The deal brings together the most charismatic, controversial coach in world football with the biggest club in England, and arguably the game.
The move has not yet been formally announced by the club.
Sky Sports News HQ reporter Andy Burton, who is outside Mourinho’s house, said the Portuguese returned earlier from a central London hotel where the deal was signed.
He was carrying documents in his hand and a bottle of wine.
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Manchester United are banking on Mourinho to deliver the stability and sustained success that has eluded them since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The move secures a rapid return to the Premier League frontline for Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December last year after his second spell at the club descended into rancorous underachievement.
He will be expected to ensure United make an immediate return to the Champions League next season and challenge for the league title. He is likely to have a huge transfer budget, perhaps as much as £200m, to overhaul the squad.
United will also hope he reigns in the excesses that have caused controversy wherever he has worked. In his first spell in England he criticized the South Central Ambulance Trust for its reaction to a player injury; while at Real Madrid he gouged a Barcelona assistant coach in the eye.
Mourinho’s first game at Old Trafford will be a charity match in aid of Unicef on 5 June, when he will manage an England team against a Rest of the World XI.
Of more interest will be the resumption of his rivalry with Pep Guardiola, his nemesis from their days in Spain at Real and Barcelona respectively who has been appointed first team coach at United’s closest rivals Manchester City.