Manchester United needed a serial winner to restore the team's status as a European powerhouse. Jose Mourinho craved an iconic stage like Old Trafford to remind the world of his rare talent as a coach.
It's been inevitable for some time that England's most prestigious club would come calling for soccer's most successful current manager, and confirmation arrived Friday.
United announced the long-awaited hiring of Mourinho on a three-year deal, ushering in an exciting era not just for a club that has slumped as a domestic force since Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013 but for the soap opera that is the Premier League.
"Jose is quite simply the best manager in the...