Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he has a much bigger task on his hands turning his current club into Premier League Champions than he had during his second spell at Chelsea.
The Portuguese coach took over at Stamford Bridge for the second time at the start of the 2013/2014 season. Mourinho won his third Premier League title with the Blues during the 2014/2015 campaign before being sacked by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for the second time in his career half way through the following season.
The 54-year-old coach then took over the reigns at Old Trafford from Louis Van Gaal in the summer of 2015. Although he guided United to EFL and Europa Cup glory last season, he has been on the end of some stinging criticism for his pragmatic playing style from fans and the media.
Speaking ahead of his sides home Premier League fixture against Arsenal this Sunday, Mourinho was quick to defend his record as Red Devils boss and also revealed that the Chelsea squad he took over in 2014 was more ready for success the what he inherited at United.
“I knew the club I was coming to,” he told Sky Sports.
“I know that one thing is to go to a club that is prepared to win and you just need to arrive and give the last touches, to give your personal quality, personal knowledge and the team, and the club, is ready just for the last click.”
“I knew that was not the case [at United]. The owners knew that. The CEO, he knew that. So when the question was, in this period of my career, am I ready for this kind of job? Yes, I am ready because my career was about new things all the time.”
“I was always very Portuguese in the sense that I’m always ready to discover and try new things, always ready to change country, to change club, to change culture, to change everything in the search of new things.”
“I did all of that. So when I came in this period to Manchester United I was ready for this and I knew it was not to come and have simultaneous success.”
“But, in spite of it, three trophies, three finals, probably a third or fourth in worst case scenario. Not bad.”