Jose Mourinho
Mourinho was unveiled at Old Trafford on Monday - now his new staff have been confirmed. Getty


  • Faria, Louro, Formosinho, Lalin, Alvarez and Cerra all handed roles at Old Trafford.
  • Faria and Louro have followed Mourinho to every club he has managed since Porto.
  • Appointments come after Ryan Giggs departure and clear-out of Louis van Gaal staff.

Manchester United have confirmed the six new members of Jose Mourinho's backroom team. Joining the former Chelsea boss in the Old Trafford dugout will be long-term assistant manager Rui Faria, coaches Silvino Louro, Ricardo Formosinho, Carlos Lalin and Emilio Alvarez and analyst Giovanni Cerra.

United confirmed the raft of new appointments on Thursday 7 July.

Faria, 41, has worked alongside Mourinho since 2001, starting out as a fitness coach at Uniao Leiria. Over the next 15 years, he would follow the Portuguese coach to Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and back to Chelsea, resisting managerial offers of his own along the way.

Former Portugal international Louro, born in Mourinho's hometown of Setebal, is another to have followed the manager across Europe's major leagues. The 57-year-old has spent the majority of his post-playing career as a goalkeeping coach, but his role at Chelsea was changed to assistant first-team coach, due to the presence of long-term Blues goalkeeper coach Lollichon. A similar position overseeing a number of different roles at Old Trafford could beckon.

Formosinho has previously worked alongside Mourinho at Porto before embarking on a managerial career of his own. The 59-year-old has also worked as a senior scout, a role he held under the new United boss during his spell at Real Madrid.

Lalin meanwhile is another long-term associate, having worked as Chelsea's first-team fitness coach at during his reign at Stamford Bridge, following the Portuguese out of the club following his sacking in December 2015.

Alvarez also has experience working with Mourinho and has also worked with United's current No1 David de Gea during his role at Atletico Madrid. His coaching career has also taken him to Real Madrid, Castilla, Valencia, Benfica and Dubai.

Cerra is another to have made the trip from west London to Manchester, having worked as a visual analyst at Stamford Bridge. According to Chelsea's website, where Cerra is still listed, his role sees him "analyse match action and works alongside the first-team match analysis department, producing visual reports and infographics that illustrate relevant data and strategies."

Last week, United confirmed the departure of Ryan Giggs, who left Old Trafford to pursue his own managerial career, ending his 29-year association with the club.

Giggs served as Louis van Gaal's assistant manager for two seasons. Goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek, assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg and performance analyst Max Reckers also left the club in the aftermath of van Gaal's departure.