Soccer

Man United hires Mourinho as manager on 3-year deal

  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 file photo, Munich's head coach Louis van Gaal, right, and Madrid's head coach Jose Mourinho smile prior to the friendly soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in Munich, southern Germany. Manchester United has fired manager Louis van Gaal after two turbulent years at the English Premier League club, it was reported on Monday, May 23, 2016. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to replace Van Gaal.  (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 file photo, Munich's head coach Louis van Gaal, right, and Madrid's head coach Jose Mourinho smile prior to the friendly soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in Munich, southern Germany. Manchester United has fired manager Louis van Gaal after two turbulent years at the English Premier League club, it was reported on Monday, May 23, 2016. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to replace Van Gaal. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jose Mourinho leaves his London home, Monday May 23, 2016. Manchester United has fired manager Louis van Gaal after two turbulent years at the English Premier League club, it was reported on Monday, May 23, 2016. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to replace Van Gaal.  (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Jose Mourinho leaves his London home, Monday May 23, 2016. Manchester United has fired manager Louis van Gaal after two turbulent years at the English Premier League club, it was reported on Monday, May 23, 2016. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to replace Van Gaal. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 file photo, Munich's head coach Louis van Gaal, right, and Madrid's head coach Jose Mourinho smile prior to the friendly soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in Munich, southern Germany. Manchester United has fired manager Louis van Gaal after two turbulent years at the English Premier League club, it was reported on Monday, May 23, 2016. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to replace Van Gaal.  (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 file photo, Munich's head coach Louis van Gaal, right, and Madrid's head coach Jose Mourinho smile prior to the friendly soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in Munich, southern Germany. Manchester United has fired manager Louis van Gaal after two turbulent years at the English Premier League club, it was reported on Monday, May 23, 2016. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to replace Van Gaal. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson, File)  (The Associated Press)

Manchester United has hired Jose Mourinho as its new manager, entrusting one of soccer's most successful coaches to restore the fortunes of England's most prestigious club.

United announced the long-expected appointment of Mourinho on an initial three-year contract on Friday, four days after firing Louis van Gaal.

The 53-year-old Mourinho, who has been out of work since being fired by Chelsea in December, is the third manager at United since Alex Ferguson ended his trophy-filled 26-year reign at Old Trafford in 2013. David Moyes, Ferguson's hand-picked successor, lasted 10 months and Van Gaal had two years.

The Portuguese coach has won the Champions League twice. He has also won the Premier League title three times with Chelsea, as well as domestic league titles in Portugal, Italy and Spain.