Jose Mourinho welcomes ‘great guy’ Louis van Gaal to Man United

Jose Mourinho describes Louis van Gaal as a "great guy" following his appointment at Manchester United boss

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has wasted no time in welcoming Louis van Gaal to the Premier League following the Dutchman’s appointment as Manchester United manager.

The 62-year-old Netherlands coach was confirmed as the Red Devils’ new permanent manager on Monday on a three-year deal, with Ryan Giggs installed as assistant boss.

And Chelsea manager Mourinho was full of praise for the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss following the news of his appointment at Old Trafford.

I’m happy that he joins me in the same country and in the Premier League

Jose Mourinho

“[He is] a great man,” Mourinho said at a news conference for the UN World Food Programme.

“Obviously, [he is] a great football manager and I’m happy that he joins me in the same country and in the Premier League.

“But more important than that is he is a great guy and I wish him good.”

Speaking following his appointment at Old Trafford, Van Gaal said: “To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud.

“I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are.

“This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together I’m sure we will make history.”

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