Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he is happy to extend his current contract with the club, and has ‘no intention’ of leaving Old Trafford in the immediate future. Mourinho signed a three-year contract when he succeeded Louis Van Gaal in 2016, but has never spent more than three seasons in charge of a football club during his managerial career.
When Jose Mourinho was unveiled as Manchester United boss in 2016, it was described as a match made in heaven. Few managers could meet the high expectations of a club with the history and prestige of Manchester United, but with his furious ambition, proven track record, and seemingly limitless ego, Jose Mourinho appeared to be the ideal man for the job.
Like Wayne Rooney or Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho was ‘Manchester United calibre’, and through him, the Red Devils stood a chance of reaching the impossible levels of success set by Sir Alex Ferguson. However, 18 months on, nobody can quite figure out if Mourinho has met the expectations of the Old Trafford collective.
While it’s widely excepted that Mourinho has improved upon the standards set by David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal, the Portuguese remains a contentious figure. Jose has led United to a League Cup title, Europa League glory, and a solid run of results over the 2017/18 season – a season in which the Red Devils could well be top of the league were it not for the freakish exploits of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Yet despite his best efforts, Mourinho has been accused of anti-football, negative tactics, and only last week was said to have killed the confidence of his players.
Constant negative press has led to widespread speculation over Jose Mourinho’s future, with some newspapers even suggesting that the 54-year-old is set to take over as PSG boss at the end of the season. Mourinho has now put these rumours to bed, claiming that it is completely up to Manchester United’s board whether he remains in charge of the club.
“If you want to ask me directly if I see myself next season at Manchester United, then I say I see myself [here],” said Mourinho.
“As I said when I arrived, I am going to leave when the club wants me to leave because I have no intention to leave at all.
“My intention is to stay and to work and to improve and to bring the club to where the club belongs.
Adding: “I am in the middle of my contract. If I am going to sign a new one of course depends on the club but my commitment with the club is total and I want to stay.”