Today Jose has to replace the old friend van Gaal in Manchester United.
They are familiar nearly twenty years: Jose Mourinho worked as Louis van Gaal’s assistant in Barcelona. They at one of trainings on the season-1997/98 course here.
Mourinho and van Gaal are in an informal situation – on a Catalan race circuit and in suits of the Renault team. Nearby – the goalkeeper Vitor Baia who has won then the Champions League with Porto.
Van Gaal and Mourinho’s cooperation has ended in May of the 2000th, as Jose has begun his own career . He still bears respect to his senior colleague. When Mourinho was asked in spring about the invitation to MU, he only waved away: “Van Gaal is my friend, I worked with him several years. I am constantly connected with new places of work, and in summer I will get a job. But now I can say for sure: I have no contract with any club”.
Now there are no obstacles any more: van Gaal is officially dismissed from MU.