Jose Mourinho was officially unveiled as the new manager of Manchester United during his first press conference at Old Trafford.
The new boss was presented to the world’s press at Old Trafford on Tuesday and he spoke of his delight at being given the job ‘that everyone wants’, reports the Manchester United website.
The 53-year-old revealed that he joined United at the perfect stage of his career and he is relishing the challenge ahead of the 2016-17 season.
‘It is difficult for me to describe and find the right words for this club. I don’t like the denomination that people use like “dream job”. This is not a dream job, this is reality – I am Manchester United manager. The reality is that this is a job that everyone wants, but not many people get to have, yet I have it,’ Mourinho said.
‘I know the responsibility, the expectation, the legacy and what is behind me at this club. I know what the fans expect of me and this challenge doesn’t make me nervous because my history in the last ten years is to live with big club’s expectations.
‘I believe it is the right moment in my career, where I feel very well prepared and stable, with a great motivation. I can say that I am where I want to be, I want to be in this club, I want to be in this country, in the Premier League and the domestic cups.’
The Portuguese manager admitted that he is disappointed at not playing Champions League football but insists that the club will work hard to regain their status in the European competition.
‘I am a bit disappointed that I am not in the Champions League, as I do not hide that I chase Sir Alex’s records in that competition – the number of matches as a manager. I am around 130 matches, maybe a little bit more or less. Hopefully, it will only be one season that we are not there,’ he added.
‘I say “we” because the club is much more important than myself. Man United is a Champions League club and we have to make sure that in July 2017, instead of waiting for the Europa League, we are ready for the group draw of the Champions League.’
The former Chelsea boss insists that he has to prove to himself, that he can be a success at Old Trafford, admitting that he cannot work with success.
‘There are some managers who last won a title 10 years ago. Some of them have won none of them. For me, it was one year ago. If I have a lot to prove, imagine the others. I have to prove to myself. That’s my nature. I would never be able to work without success,’ the Portuguese said.
However, Mourinho went on to say that he has already completed three out of four signing on his wishlist to bring stability back to the United squad.
‘We made a nucleus of four positions as a priority to give a certain balance to the squad, and a push in terms of quality that I want. As you know, especially the ones with more vision, I am a manager that likes specialists, not multi-functional players,’ he stated.
‘From these targets, we have three until we have the fourth we are working hard on that, with Mr Woodward and the owners. When we have them we will breathe, we will be stable, and the market will still be open.’