Jose Mourinho has defended his reign as Manchester United manager.
Mourinho was sacked by United in December following a two-and-a-half year spell at Old Trafford, leaving the club after a disappointing start to last season which saw United sitting sixth in the Premier League.
The 56-year-old led the club to a League Cup and Europa League double in his first season in charge, before guiding United to a second-placed finish in 2017/18.
Mourinho was widely criticised after saying that finishing second with United was one of the biggest achievements of his managerial career, but after seeing the club’s struggles since, the Portuguese believes his tenure should now be viewed differently.
“I can just say that the Manchester United time was not an easy time,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
”I always felt that to win the Europa League was fantastic and it didn’t look like it was, the way people approach it.
“To finish second was even more than that [success], so probably I was feeling a little bit like: ‘Wow, I’m working well, I’m giving everything and I’m not getting what I think that deserves’.
“The only thing I can promise you is that when I have the next club, the next project, I will be so, so happy that I will walk into that press conference with a big smile. That I can promise.”