Jose Mourinho has insisted “I am where I want to be” after he was officially unveiled as Manchester United manager.
The new boss was presented to the world’s press at Old Trafford on Tuesday morning and he spoke of his delight at being given the job “that everyone wants.”
Mourinho went on to explain how he feels he is at United at the perfect stage of his career and he is relishing the challenge ahead.
“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,” he enthused.
“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 clubs’ 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.”
“There are some managers who last won a title 10 years ago, some of them the last time was never. The last time I won a title was one year ago,” he said.
“I play against myself. I feel I have to prove not to the others but to myself.
“I will never be able to work without success – that is my nature. I always have to find the reasons why I have so many questions.
“That is why I could not approach this job in a defensive point of view by saying the best we did was fourth and the FA Cup. I can’t go there.
“In the last three years (under David Moyes and Van Gaal) I want to forget. I don’t want the players to start by thinking we have to do better.
“Doing better is to finish fourth. I want to be aggressive – we want to win.”
On his Chelsea failure last season he added: “I was in trouble for the last five months: the first month was fine, the second month was not so good and after the second month it was a disaster.”
Mourinho has already started the rebuilding effort at Old Trafford by bringing in defender Eric Bailly, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and has a deal lined up for Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
He believes he needs one more signing to make United effective again.
“We made four positions priorities to give a certain balance to the squad, to give a certain push in terms of quality and the qualities I need – especially the ones with more vision,” he said.
“I’m a manager that likes specialists. We decided on four targets; from this four we have three (Mkhitaryan is not yet confirmed however).
“Until we have the fourth we are still working hard. When we have the fourth I breathe, we all breathe, and then we are stable.”
“Ryan wanted to be Manchester United manager – the owners , the board decided the job was for me.
“From this moment Ryan wants to be a manager, like in 2000 when I decided myself I wanted to be a manager.
“Many of us are stuck as coaches and for many us we have to make a decision and Ryan made a decision.
“He could be what he wanted in the club. The club wanted to give him any important job – he made a decision where you need to be brave.
“It is not easy. I was in Barcelona in 2000 and had a contract for two more years to be assistant – do you think it was easy for me to leave such a big club and go to a new fight?
“It was not easy and for Ryan it is not going to be easy going from assistant to manager.
“But good luck and if one day he wants to come back to the club while I am here I would never stop him coming back.
“If one day the club offers him the chance to become the manager I think it will be something natural and a consequence of success in his managerial career.”