Jose Mourinho insists he has no regrets over his time at Manchester United and believes the fans recognise he ‘gave everything’ for the club.
Mourinho took charge of Manchester United in 2016 and led the club to a League Cup and Europa League double during his debut campaign, but a lack of progress in the Premier League – despite almost £400m worth of signings – saw him sacked after two-and-a-half years in charge.
The Portuguese has discussed his tenure at Old Trafford and said he has no regrets over his time with the club, insisting he gave his all during a challenging period. The 60-year-old ominously revealed how he warned the club over several figures, several of which remain with the club.
“I don’t have regrets because I gave everything. I did the maximum I could do. I love the club, I love the fans, the club history is something you can only respect and appreciate. I gave everything I could,” Mourinho said to the Obi One podcast.
“The second place is still the best after the Sir Alex (Ferguson) generation. The European Cup (Europa League) is still the best achievement in the past 10 years. I did my best. I like to speak about the good things of the past.
“There are still in that club, people, and when I say people, some players but also some other people, that are still there when after two months I told them, with these people you are never going to do it.
“They still have now one CEO who is an amazing person and I would have loved to have him on my time, Richard Arnold, that is now leaving. I had him as a commercial director, not as CEO. I would have loved to have him on my side during my time there, but the club was not easy.
“I don’t have regrets I gave everything there. I think the Manchester United fans know I gave everything, they know how much I love the club, they know how much I appreciate them. I went there with Sky once and the whole stadium turned to me applauding and signing for me.
“If that happens when i go to Inter, or to Madrid, or Chelsea, or Porto, you say that’s because of everything we won. When you go to Manchester United, a club of that history, and they do that for a coach who only won a Europa League, a League Cup and a Charity Shield, they know I gave everything I could.”