Mourinho: The best quotes from his first press conference
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho held his first press conference today.
CAPE TOWN - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho held his first press conference earlier today after taking over from the Dutchman Louis Van Gaal.
United finished fifth in the league last season, which meant failure to qualify for the Champions League although they did win the FA Cup.
United have already signed two players, the young Ivorian defender Eric Bailly and the charismatic Swede Zlatan Ibrahimović.
The 53-year-old confirmed that the Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be signed for the club very soon from Borussia Dortmund.
Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea manager last year after an unbelievably poor start to the season.
He does however boast a phenomenal record having leagues in England, Spain, Portugal and Italy, whilst also winning the much covered Champions League twice.
Here are some of his best quotes from the press conference.
Mourinho's feelings on joining Manchester United:
"It's difficult to find the right words to describe this club. I don't like 'the Dream Job' … this is reality. I know the expectation. At the same time, I know the legacy. I know what's behind me. It is a job everyone wants and not many have the chance to have."
Mourinho says he's not nervous by the challenge that awaits:
"It doesn't make me nervous. My history in the last 10 years or more was to live with a big club's expectations. It comes at a right moment in my career. I have great motivation. I am where I want to be. I want to be in this club, this country, in the Premier League."
Mourinho on not playing Champions League football this season:
"I feel a bit frustrated I'm not playing Champions League. I don't hide that I chase Sir Alex [Ferguson]'s record in the Champions League. Hopefully it's only one season we are not there.
"Man United is a Champions League club and in July 2017 instead of waiting for the Europa League, we have to make sure this club is where it has to be. That is obviously in the Champions League."
Mourinho is intent on getting United back to winning ways and he shared his goals for the seasons:
"It would be easy, honest and pragmatic from my side to focus on the last three years and focus on the fact that we didn't qualify for the Champions League and so on.
"It would be pragmatic to say 'let's work and try to get back to the top four and do well in Europa League'. I'm not good on that, I don't want to be, I want to be more aggressive. And to be more aggressive is to say we want to win."
Mourinho perhaps having a go at Van Gaal, who often spoke about his 'philosophy' and his love for players who can be deployed in multiple positions:
"I was never very good playing with words and hiding behind words and hiding behind philosophies. I was never good with that. I never tried to be.
"I am more a manager that likes specialists rather than multi-functional players because I am clear in my approach. Multi-functional players - you need one or two if you have three central defenders injured. But, basically, I want specialists."
Mourinho perhaps having a go at Arsene Wenger, their rivalry and dislike for each other is well known:
"Some managers, the last time they won a title was 10 years ago. Some of them, never. The last time I won a title was a year ago. So if I have a lot to prove, imagine the others. The reality is it was never important for me. I play against myself. I have to prove not to the others but to myself, that's my nature."
Mourinho says he wants at least four players and has confirmed three already:
"We made a nucleus of four priorities, four positions, to give a certain balance to the squad. To give a certain push in terms of the qualities I need and want. As you know, the ones with more vision. We decided four targets.
"We have three at the moment. Until we don't have the fourth, we are still working hard. Myself, the structure, Mr Woodward, the owners. When we have the fourth we will breathe. The market will be open. We will get the fourth before 31 August, and we will be stable but the market will be open."
Mourinho has some words that might hurt Chelsea fans:
"With all the respect to the other clubs in the country, especially one that was my house for seven years where I shared incredible moments, I have to say now I am the manager of the biggest club in the UK. I don't have to look at the others as much. I have the same respect for every club, every manager."
Mourinho defended the perception he does not give young players a chance, he had a prepared list in anticipation of the question:
"How many minutes do we have left … I have not time to answer it. It would take 10 minutes to answer it. I knew this question was coming.
"Do you want to know how many players I have promoted from academies? Forty-nine.
"Do you want me to list them out? I promoted 49 from the academies at clubs and two factors that are important for these records. Sometimes you have no other choice but to promote them because you have injuries. That is one factor. The second is when you are not playing for big targets it is easier to bring them up, outside the pressure of the big moments. My record with injuries is very low even from the UEFA studies, there were many times the team with the least injuries in the whole of Europe was mine."
Mourinho on Ryan Giggs leaving the club:
"It's not my responsibility that Ryan is not in the club. The job Ryan wanted was the Manchester United manager. That's not my fault, the owners and Mr Woodward wanted me. Ryan, for the moment, wants to be a manager. If I am here and he wants to come back, I will never stop him. If one day, the club wants him to be manager it will be the consequence of his achievements as a manager."
Mourinho on what Ferguson has said to him, their mutual respect for each other is well known:
"Bring the umbrella. Yesterday it was raining at the training ground - good advice. The second was for me to bring my typical bottle of wine because there will be many more opportunities to drink it together. We will have lots of time to meet each other. He will always be welcome to the training ground obviously. We will have a lot of time to share our personal stuff, friends, family and life. His opinion is an important opinion for me. So many legends at this club love it."
Mourinho on Wayne Rooney's role under him:
"Maybe he is not a striker, not a number 9 anymore. But with me he will never be a number 6, playing 50m from goal. Yes, his passing is amazing but mine is also amazing without pressure. Many players have a great pass, but to put the ball in the net is the most difficult. He will be a number 9, a number 10, a number 9.5 but never a number 6 or a number 8."