Jose Mourinho notably became the first Manchester United manager to claim a major honour in his first season with the club when the Reds beat Southampton to win the EFL Cup at Wembley in February 2017.
Jose Mourinho is one of the most successful managers ever in world football and his appointment as Manchester United boss in June 2016 has led to a new period of success at the club.
The Portuguese lifted three trophies during his debut season with the Reds, winning the FA Community Shield in his first competitive game, the League Cup at Wembley Stadium in February 2017 and the UEFA Europa League at the close of the campaign. Crucially, that final victory over AFC Ajax in Stockholm, Sweden, ensured a welcome return to the Champions League in 2017/18.
This has added another remarkable chapter in the story of a man whose ascent has taken him from a coaching role in schools football to becoming the most recognisable manager in the world.
The son of a Portuguese goalkeeper, football was in Mourinho’s blood but he pursued an academic path at first, studying sports science at university and later teaching in schools while also working as a youth team coach. Then, in 1992, he became Sir Bobby Robson’s interpreter at Sporting Lisbon. The pair forged a master and apprentice relationship, which continued at Barcelona in 1996.
Robson left a year later but Mourinho remained to work under Louis van Gaal, who let him manage the A and B teams. With his reputation growing, Jose then returned home to manage Benfica and this proved to be short-lived, but his second job as boss of Uniao de Leiria was a great success. FC Porto were next up and his reign prompted an enlarged trophy cabinet, after winning a haul of prizes that included two league titles, the 2003 UEFA Cup and 2004 Champions League.
Guiding a Portuguese team to the Champions League did not go unnoticed and Mourinho joined Chelsea that summer, when his unveiling press conference went down in history and coined a nickname following his proclamation that he was a "special one". Jose backed it up, though, winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups, an FA Cup and Community Shield.
Mourinho’s next job at Inter Milan resulted in unprecedented success by winning two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana and the 2010 Champions League. In 2010, Jose joined Real Madrid and won the La Liga title in 2011/12, when his side set club records by registering 100 points and scoring 121 league goals. He also claimed the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup trophies.
An emotional return to Chelsea followed in 2013 and he won the 2014/15 title by eight points, plus the League Cup. His second reign at Stamford Bridge ended in December 2015 but, after a period of rest, Mourinho was appointed as the manager of Manchester United. At a club that is famed for its cinematic history, the stage was set for football’s leading man to grab the spotlight once more.