Jose Mourinho has gone on the attack this afternoon, declaring himself as one of the greatest managers in the world, while saying last years second place finish was one of the greatest achievements of his career.
The Manchester United manager has come in for increasing amounts of criticism in recent weeks after his sullen mood throughout the summer has been followed by a disappointing start to the Premier League season, losing two of the opening three games.
Having demanded respect from the media for his trophy-laden CV in the wake of their defeat to Spurs, Mourinho has continued his narrative by reminding the world of his achievements:
“I am the manager of one of the greatest clubs in the world, but I am also one of the greatest managers in the world,” Mourinho told the media at his pre-match press conference as his side prepare to face Burnley on Sunday.
“I had great success last season, that’s what you probably don’t want to admit. I analyse my performance myself, and for me, it’s more important what I think than what you think.
“I repeat that two seasons ago we had a fantastic season by winning the Europa League.
“Everybody thought Atletico Madrid were amazing because they won the Europa League after being knocked out of the Champions League. We won the Europa League because that was our level. We are the last team in England to win a European trophy.
“And, I repeat, I won eight titles. I am the only manager in the world that won in Italy, Spain and England, and by winning eight titles, not small titles or countries.
“My second position last season is one of my greatest achievements in football. I think.”
Mourinho is thought to be unhappy with Old Trafford chief Ed Woodward, who has failed to deliver his desired targets over the last two summers, with a centre-back and a winger thought to have been his priorities.