By Brayden May
Jose Mourinho has now been officially announced as the new Manchester United manager following months of speculation, which began as soon as he was relieved of his manager duties at Chelsea back in December.
After two spells with the Blues, the arrival of the Special One has filled United supporters with a renewed sense of belief of what both the short and long term futures may hold for their club.
Mourinho brings a wealth of experience with him to the club having won the league in four different European nations leading FC Porto (Portugal), Inter Milan (Italy), Real Madrid (Spain) and Chelsea (England).
In England, the Special One has claimed a total of eight trophies during his two spells with his former club claiming three Premier League titles, an FA Cup, three League Cups and one Community Shield.
In his first season with Chelsea he achieved the League and Cup double as Chelsea run away with the Premier League with a record points haul, and Mourinho winning his first trophy at the club with a League Cup victory.
So how exactly does the Portuguese manager stack up in the Premier League?
Against the Big Teams
In games against the other big clubs of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester City, the Reds new manager has a superb record which is sure to please United fans.
In 44 games against these clubs Jose Mourinho has only failed to take at least a point on five occasions during his time at Chelsea.
Who is his favourite opposition?
The opposition that Mourinho loves to play against will be music to the ears of Manchester United’s supporters as he holds a dominant record over Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
Red Devils supporters will be hoping that he can carry his form over to the red side of Manchester, with the 53-year-old having won eight games out of a possible 12 against the Kop.
Who does he not favour playing against?
With only 28 losses during his Premier League managerial career, not many sides have been able to break down his team’s defence on many occasions.
Although Mourinho will be pleased to see the back of Newcastle United who are set to ply their trade in the Championship next season, although newly promoted Middlesbrough caused trouble for Mourinho’s side back in 2006 when they defeated them twice.
So what records does he hold?
- Across his two spells at Chelsea, Mourinho guided the Blues to a Premier League record 77 straight games at home without a defeat.
- The Special One will be looking to build on the defensive structure left by Van Gaal, and it his defensive tactics can be seen when the Blues conceded the least goals in a season ever by allowing only 15 goals during their 2004/05 title winning season.
- He also has the best winning percentage of any manager in Premier League history with 66% ranking just ahead of Manchester United’s longest serving manager in Sir Alex Ferguson with 65%.