Jose Mourinho hails his players as he renews his Manchester United contract

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has extended his stay at the club, putting an end to recent speculation over his future.

Reports of the Portuguese manager’s unhappiness surfaced after his comments of the club being unable to match Manchester City in the transfer window.

Mourinho has also been consistently suggesting that United don’t do enough in the transfer market for a club of their size.

His admiration of the ‘project’ ongoing at PSG was also poorly taken on board by fans who claimed he was risking his career at Old Trafford.

However, the former Chelsea boss has finally put everything to rest and extended his stay until 2020, citing his pride at leading the club as one of the key reasons to remain.

According to the club’s official website, Jose 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.”

The contract extension wraps up a fine week for the Red Devils who also managed to complete the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

The move meant that Henrikh Mkhitaryan went in the other direction in a straight swap deal and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has been hailed by some fans as a genius.

The man responsible for the transfers has managed to steal the Gunners’ best player whilst simultaneously getting rid of a player who despite being clearly talented was underperforming at the club.

Woodward also managed to complete it ahead of fierce rivals Manchester City, beating off the competition for Sanchez with relative ease.

It’s unlikely that Jose Mourinho will be complaining of a lack of transfers any time soon after Ed’s good work in this January window.

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