In the latest Manchester United news, boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at the critics of his tenure at Old Trafford and insisted it was always going to take time to get the Red Devils back to their former glories.
The former Chelsea manager took over the reins at Old Trafford in May 2016 and may well have been given a bit of leeway by the fans in terms of the style of play as he aimed to get the club back challenging for the top honours.
Despite the manner of his side’s football, Mourinho was able to do what no other Manchester United manager had done before by winning a trophy in his debut season, with Europa League glory following the EFL Cup for a double delight.
United still have the chance of silverware this term with the FA Cup final on May 19 and although they have dramatically improved in the Premier League on last season’s sixth-place finish, a Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla as well as the attacking styles of arch rivals Manchester City and Liverpool has led some to question his position.
However, he is convinced that there was no easy fix at Old Trafford and is happy that he is taking the club in the right direction.
“I knew the club I was coming to,” he told Sky Sports News. “I know that one thing is to go to a club that is prepared to win and you just need to arrive and give the last touches, to give your personal quality, personal knowledge and the team, and the club, is ready just for the last click.
“I knew that was not the case [at United]. The owners knew that. The CEO, he knew that. So when the question was, in this period of my career, am I ready for this kind of job? Yes, I am ready because my career was about new things all the time.
“I was always very Portuguese in the sense that I’m always ready to discover and try new things, always ready to change country, to change club, to change culture, to change everything in the search of new things.
“I did all of that. So when I came in this period to Manchester United I was ready for this and I knew it was not to come and have simultaneous success.
“But, in spite of it, three trophies, three finals, probably a third or fourth in worst case scenario. Not bad.”
United, who hold a three-point cushion over third-placed Liverpool in the table having played a game less, still have work to do to secure the runners-up position and host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Mourinho’s men priced at 4/9 with bet365 to secure the three points.