Jose Mourinho may have angered Chelsea fans with his latest comments on his new role
Jose Mourinho may have infuriated fans of his former clubs Chelsea and Real Madrid by declaring has finally reached the “top of his career” after becoming Manchester United manager.
Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal as United boss this summer and has changed the mood around the club with the help of some big-name signings ahead of the new Premier League season.
Yet Mourinho has shied away from comparing his latest posting to his previous jobs until now, with these comments unlikely to be well received by Chelsea fans in particular.
“I have been in some of the biggest clubs in the world, but this is like the top of my career,” he told Sky Sports.
“It comes in the early stage of my career. As a manager I am really young, and I think I have the best years of my career to come up.
“I was not joking (when he said he wanted 15 more years as a manager). 53 now plus 15 is 68, so I would say 14, 15, 16 more years, but I don't see myself going home before 70.”
Mourinho also hinted he always had his eye on the United job, after confirming he was always keen to build a strong relationship with the club’s supporters even when he was the manager in the opposition dug-out at Old Trafford.
“As an opponent I could create a good relationship with the fans, I never had problems, and I have not always behaved the best way,” he reflected of his experiences at Old Trafford. “The first time I was running to celebrate a goal at the touchline (as Porto manager back in 2004).
“I always tried to be nice and have a relationship with the fans at Old Trafford. This time I go and for the first time I can do what I never did, which is ask for their support. I always play against them, and this time they are on my side.
“As a fan you can go to the stadium and watch the game, or you can go and play, and what I ask them to do is go to Old Trafford and play. If they play, it's 80,000 + 11, versus 11, and the opposition has no chance. I give them that responsibility, if they are behind my players we have a big chance.”