"There are no miracles in football" - Jose Mourinho opens up as he identifies his greatest legacy
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he faces a huge task to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford, after suggesting he is trying to reverse years of decline under former managers David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
Mourinho has guided United to this season's EFL Cup final against Southampton at Wembley and is still involved in three more competitions heading into the final weeks of the season.
Yet he has confessed he took on a huge challenge when he accepted a job he describes to be one of the biggest in world football last summer.
"There are no miracles in football," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "When a team is in trouble for two, three, four years, it's for some reason.
"Some people get more difficult jobs than others, I got the biggest job in the country, one of the biggest jobs in the world
"It is a job I can imagine everyone would like to have, but I got a difficult one."
Mourinho also opened up on his celebrity status around the world in an interview with GQ magazine, as he explained how he deals with being one of the most famous faces in football.
“I am recognised in the four corners of the Earth, in every stadium in the world there will be some reaction from the fans, “ stated Mourinho.
“I think I am an icon without being an icon. I am an icon for feeling at ease with myself. For me, that is the best concept of an "icon".
“You don’t care what other people think, or what they say, you just care about the way you feel. To be ready and adapted for a specific moment.”
Mourinho also picked out the achievement he cherishes more than any other and it does not involve a major trophy victory.
“I have a big legacy, but there is one thing that’s really important to me: I changed the life of Portuguese managers.
“After 2004, when I started conquering my space in the world of football, the Portuguese managers started to have something they never had, a little bit of credibility, a little bit of opportunity. The doors opened. Now they are all over the world.
“This is my legacy. This is more important to me than the results.”