Tuesday 26 September 2017

'I never had so many contradictions to deal with' - Mourinho makes some startling confessions in latest press briefing

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: Getty Images
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is facing up to the biggest task of his decorated career, after stating publicly for the first time that he may not succeed in his task of rebuilding Manchester United’s DNA.

Despite his sullen appearance for much of the last few months and the indifferent results being served up by his team, Mourinho has insisted he is relishing the challenge at United as he opened up on the challenges he is facing at Old Trafford.

“This job, this at­tempt to restore the DNA of this club, I think never had so many contradictions to deal with,” stated Mourinho in his Sunday newspaper briefing.

“Sometimes you arrive at a club and think you are going to play one way, with certain tactics, then you listen to what is being said and you have to go another.

“I have listened to the fans and I know what they want. So I am trying to give them what they want and I think that I can do that, but it takes time and, in the end, results are important. I know that better than anybody. Things are working, but they still take time. I know what I want to do here.

“What I know for sure is that I am changing things here and I know that even if I am not here down the line, the next manag­er will have things in place – because I will have made the changes that had to be made.”

Mourinho’s final comments are not what you might expect from a manager who has rarely exposed his insecurities in public, as he went on to reflect that he is attempting to make big changes on and off the field as he looks to get United back into the title race ahead of Sunday’s game at Everton.

United head to Goodison Park a massive 14 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, with Mourinho suggesting he may need another two years to get United into title contention.

“It is not easy when the team has been going in one direction for so long to suddenly be told that they have to go in another way, on another route,” he added.

“For instance to make the defenders mark in a zonal way, instead of following the man, that has been difficult.

“It is not easy when the team has been going in one direction for so long to suddenly be told that they have to go in another way, on another route.

“Luckily we are in a league that changes a lot. There have been winners of the Premier League and they are win­ning by 11 points and then they are losing 11 points and then they might win eight again.

“Christmas is a key moment for us. If we can win a few games in a row I am sure we will be closer and I still believe that chance to at least play Champions League football next season.

“I think we have been playing good football. We all feel we should have got more points than we have in the Premier League, especially these three or four games at home that we couldn’t win.

“From that point of view, I believe that we are playing good and every­one is seeing that.

“And we are getting closer to that consistently good football that this club deserves and I think we can have success – that we can win things which is something the manager has done at every club.

“I think it will be the same for him here. Last season we won the FA Cup. Now we are in the EFL Cup semi-final and we all want to win it.

“Things are coming together I think we can get the points and the wins to show that.”

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