After two and a half years at the helm at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho’s reign at Manchester United has come to the end. It continues the Portuguese manager’s record of struggling in his third season at clubs.
Despite his spell in Manchester, Mourinho is still up there as one of the most successful managers we have seen this century. He has won trophies all around Europe, and over the last decade, Pep Guardiola is perhaps the only man who can compare in terms of the level of success.
At Porto, he won the UEFA Cup, and then the Champions League in the 2003/04 season. A Portuguese club hasn’t won Europe’s biggest prize since.
He moved to England in 2004 to join Chelsea, and had an immediate effect, winning the Premier League in his first two seasons in charge. The first season saw Chelsea break the records for fewest goals conceded, and most points won.
In Italy with Inter Milan, he won a memorable treble in the 2009/10 season. This included the Champions League, which is probably his greatest achievement, given the weakness of Italian football at the time.
However, things have been a bit tougher since, and despite winning a few trophies with Real Madrid and Manchester United, things were not going well behind the scenes, and many people feel that he wasn’t the right man for either club.
But what is in no doubt, is that Mourinho has produced some memorable, and at times controversial, moments over the years. Here are ten unforgettable moments we have seen from the 55-year-old.
#1 Charging down the Old Trafford touchline
Over a decade before he took over at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho burst onto the scene at Old Trafford. Having taken Porto to the UEFA Cup title in the 2002/03 season, beating Celtic in the final, Mourinho set his eyes on the biggest prize of all. Having navigated their way through the Champions League group stage, Porto were drawn against Manchester United in the round of 16.
In the first leg, played at the Estadio de Dragao, Porto emerged 2-1 winners, with Mourinho clashing with Sir Alex Ferguson over the sending off of United captain Roy Keane. In the second leg, a Paul Scholes goal looked to be enough to send United through, before Costinha netted in added time, to send the Portuguese side through. Mourinho charged down the touchline to celebrate with his players in the corner, in turn creating the first iconic image of his career.