Jose Mourinho targets silverware with Manchester United next season
Mourinho defends his policy regarding youth players and claims Wayne Rooney won’t be playing in midfield next season
July 5th, 2016
Jose Mourinho has held his first press conference as the new manager of Manchester United, with the former Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid and Porto manager keen to develop a winning team.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the high-profile arrival this summer with others expected to join him and Mourinho is confident that he can be a success in a role he has coveted for several years.
Last season, Mourinho fell foul of a player mutiny after previously winning the Premier League title with Chelsea, although he is looking forward to working with a new crop of players including the younger members of the squad.
Asked what his hopes are for United, Mourinho said: “Depends on the way you want to face it. I was never very good playing with the words or hiding behind words and hiding behind philosophies. I never tried to be good at that. I was always much more aggressive in my approach with the risks that can bring. It would be easy – and even honest and pragmatic – to focus on the last three years, on the fact that we don’t qualify for Champions League and so on, and be quite pragmatic to say: ‘Let’s work and try and be back to the Champions League, try and be back to the top four.’
“I prefer to be more aggressive and say we want to win. What is playing well? It is scoring more goals than the opponents, conceding less, making your fans proud because you give everything and you win. It is everything at the same time. It is an aggressive approach by myself. I want everything. Of course we are not going to get everything but we want to.
“I feel I have to prove not to the others but to myself. I would never be able to work without success. That is my nature and I have always to find the reasons why I have always many questions towards myself and the people working with me. That is my nature. I could approach this job in a defensive point of view by saying the last three years the best we did was fourth. I can’t go – it is my nature.
“Manchester United – for many years success was just routine and in this moment the last three years are to forget. I want the players to forget. I don’t want the players to think we have to do better and finish fourth. Finishing fourth is not the aim.
On Rooney he said: “In football there are many jobs. There are many jobs on the field. The one that is more difficult to find is the guy who has put the ball on the net. The players change during the years – their qualities, their characteristics. It is normal a player changes a bit but there is something that will never change which is the natural appetite to put the ball in the net”.