Jose Mourinho not letting thoughts of a Premier League title distract him
Published 19/08/2016 | 20:21
Jose Mourinho says winning the Premier League title in his first season at Manchester United is not his "obsession".
The Red Devils finished fifth under Louis van Gaal last season but are strongly fancied to challenge this term after Mourinho's arrival and the subsequent signings of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
But the manager, who won the title in his first season at Chelsea in 2004-05 and lifted the trophy twice more with the Blues, is not letting the idea dominate his thoughts.
"I don't see it as a necessity. I think if I saw it that way it would not help me in my job. You cannot look at it as an obsession," he told Sky Sports.
"You just have to work hard to improve. When you believe in your work and your players and everyone around, you are going to improve for sure. Is it enough to win it in the first season? Maybe it is enough, maybe it is not enough.
"The reality is we have to feel improvement. That's the objective, and we have a lot to do.
"But I have too many years of football, so I am really calm, and know we have to improve a lot, so that's the message to the players, and they want to do it."
Mourinho signed a three-year contract with United, the longest he has ever spent at one club, but at the age of 53 he is planning on remaining as a boss for at least another 15 years.
"This is like the top of my career, but it comes in the early stage of my career, because as a manager I am really young," he said.
"I think I have the best years of my career to come up. Fifty-three plus 15 is 68, so I would say 14, 15, 16 more years.
"I don't see myself going home before 70."
And until that day does come he plans on adding to an already impressive CV.
"Sometimes memory in football is short and people forget what you did, so sometimes the only solution is to keep repeating until the end," he added.
"You have some numbers you want to repeat but statistics don't win matches, the effort of the players and the work we do during the season before the match is what wins matches."