Jose Mourinho declared he has joined the Premier League’s biggest club after becoming Manchester United manager - but he admits Chelsea will always have a place in his heart.

The Special One has replaced Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford after finding himself out of work following his sacking by Chelsea in December.

Mourinho built up a special relationship with the Blues after leading the club to titles in two separate spells as boss.

Both stints have ended badly, with Mourinho given his marching orders by Roman Abramovich just before Christmas and replaced by Guus Hiddink.

He is now preparing to take on incoming Chelsea chief Antonio Conte in the Premier League next term.

Mourinho is scheduled to return to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United on October 22 and it is sure to be an emotional occasion.

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The Special One had some kind words for his former club at his Old Trafford unveiling on Tuesday lunchtime after admitting his Chelsea reign quickly became a disaster.

He declared: “I have respect for all clubs, especially one that was my house for seven years.

“I share so many incredible memories with their fans but I have to say I am manager of the biggest club in the UK.

“The other two times I was arriving in the country - this was different. I was sacked by Chelsea but I stayed in the country.

"This is nothing new for me. It's difficult to find the right words to describe this club. I don't like the term 'The Dream Job' - this is my reality.

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New job: Manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United poses at Old Trafford

“The other one is that it's what everyone wants and not many [managers] have the chance to have it. But I have it.

“This doesn't make me nervous. This comes in the right moment in my career. I feel prepared and stable and have great motivation.

“I am where I want to be. I want to be here, in this country, in the Premier League.

"I was in trouble for the last five months [at Chelsea ]: the first month was fine, the second month was not so good and after the second month it was a disaster."

Jose Mourinho's journey to Manchester United:

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Mourinho got down to business at Manchester United’s training complex on Monday as he started his new job in earnest.

The Portuguese is gearing up for his first season in charge of the Red Devils and is leaving nothing to chance as he spent 10 hours planning at Carrington.

Mourinho arrived back at The Lowry Hotel in the centre of Manchester on last night after a long day at the office to prepare for today’s media conference.

He is currently living at the plush five-star hotel as he and his family continue to search for a house in the area.

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