In Mourinho’s debut campaign with the Red Devils, he won the Europa League and the League Cup after bringing in Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
This season, while United have qualified for the knock-out stages of the Champions League they are struggling to keep up with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Premier League.
That means Mourinho’s contract comes at a very different stage in his progression with United than what he’s used to.
Speaking to MUTV, the 54-year-old described his new deal as “special” as he’s used to signing new terms after a “big achievement”.
“I feel happy,” Mourinho admitted.
“I don’t sign contracts if I’m not happy. I’m really happy with the trust, the empathy [at the club]… it’s a special contract for me because I’m used to signing new contracts after big achievements.”
“Of course I’m happy to do that, but it feels like the trust, the empathy and the belief in my work is a consequence of that big achievement.”
The ex-Chelsea boss added, “I did a new contract with Chelsea after being champions, at Inter after winning a scudetto, in Real Madrid after winning La Liga.
“In here, it’s a consequence of my work. We believe in each other, we are happy with each other. I think I am doing the things that the owners and the board feel are the right things to do for the future of the football club.”