Friday 19 January 2018

VIDEO: Watch the best bits from Jose Mourinho's first press conference as Manchester United manager

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jose Mourinho was predictably entertaining as he faced up to the media for the first time as Manchester United manager - and there were revelations aplenty from first to last.

With what appeared to be subtle digs at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, a suggestion that a third Man Utd signing of the summer will be confirmed imminently and bullish talk of challenging for trophies, this was a confident Mourinho on top form in front of the watching world.

He was quick to suggest this was the job everyone in football wanted:

After proclaiming himself to be the Special One at Chelsea, he decided not to offer that tagline this time:

He offered a few thoughts on the reasons why Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year association with Manchester United:

He provided an insight into what he sees as Wayne Rooney's best position...not in midfield:

Mourinho also gave a strong hint that a third signing in his time as United boss was imminent and that will probably be Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan:


Mourinho's best quotes from press conference

  • "It is not a dream job, it is reality as Manchester United manager but it is a job everyone wants and not many have a chance to have and I have it and I know the responsibility and the expectation."
  • "I feel a bit frustrated I am not playing Champions League. I don't hide I chase Sir Alex's (Ferguson) record in the Champions for matches as a manager. Hopefully it is only one season I am not there."
  • "I was always much more aggressive in my approach with the risks that can bring and it would be easy to focus on the last three years and say 'Let's work and try and be back in the Champions League' but I prefer to be more aggressive and say we want to win."
  • "There are some managers that the last time they won a title was 10 years ago. Some of them the last time they won a title was never. The last time I won a title was one year ago, not 10 years ago or 15 years ago so if I have a lot to prove, imagine the others."
  • "Manchester United for many years success was just routine and in this moment the last three years are to forget. I want the players to forget. I don't want the players to think we have to do better and finish fourth. Finishing fourth is not the aim."
  • "I was in trouble for the last five months: the first month (at Chelsea) was fine, the second month was not so good and after the second month it was a disaster."
  • "To speak about one manager (Pep Guardiola), one club, one enemy I don't think it is right. In the Premier League it doesn't make sense at all. If you focus on one opponent, the others will be laughing so I am not going to be part of it."
  • "I am the manager of the biggest club in the UK. I am going to focus on our job and our club."
  • "You know how many young players I promoted to the first team from academies? Forty-nine. Some of them are big names, they are Champions League winners in the Euros, playing for national teams. One lie repeated many times sometimes looks true but it will never be true."
  • "It is not my responsibility that Ryan (Giggs) is not in the club. The job Ryan wanted is the job the club decided to give me. If one day he wants to come back to the club while I am here I would never stop him."
  • "He (Alex Ferguson) will always be welcome to the training ground. His opinion is important to me, the same way so many legends love this club. I will try and learn from them."
  • "Maybe he (Wayne Rooney) is not a striker, not a number nine any more but for me he will never be a number six, playing 50 metres from the goal."

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