'I am not the monster' - Jose Mourinho offers interesting assessment of his first season at Old Trafford
Jose Mourinho believes his first season as Manchester United manager has banished the notion that he is ‘a monster’, in a colourful press conference appearance at the club’s Carrington training base.
Mourinho was in upbeat mood after he won his first trophy as United manager in last Sunday’s dramatic EFL Cup final against Southampton, as he jovially asked questions for the media and then gave answers in a change to the usual format.
Despite some curious mood swings in the first half of this season that included a series of clashes with match officials and some ill-tempered exchanges with the media, Mourinho expressed his hope that he is on his way to re-branding himself at United.
“I think Manchester United knows I’m not the monster people thought I was,” he declared. “I’m not such an arrogant guy and not such a difficult guy to work with.
“Until now, no-one runs away when I arrive at the training ground, so I think the people are quite happy to have me around and work with me.”
“So I think I am better than you think, people are quite happy to have me around and to work with me, the relation with the players is very good.
“With my owners and my board, the relation I don’t think is just professional, it’s also a relation of trust and a relation that goes further than the contract, the manager, the owner, the board, so I’m happy.
“My feeling is everyone is happy, but obviously my contract is three years, not seven or eight months, and I want evolution and improvement.”
Mourinho insisted his first piece of silverware at United was only the start of his ambitions, as he again hinted that his side’s fixture list could undermine his hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League.
“The impact that the final can have on my future, I think no impact, I think it’s just a story that had a happy end and it’s one thing less to be worried with, finished. League Cup finished,” he stated.
“So now we have the most crazy calendar fixtures that somebody can have but it’s for good reasons. This weekend is Bournemouth and we have to try and win the match.
“It is a weekend when we know a rival will drop points because Liverpool play Arsenal, so we have to try and beat Bournemouth.”