Jose Mourinho promises Manchester United fans Instant success & takes swipe at Arsene Wenger in first press conference as Old Trafford bossPublished July 5, 2016
Jose Mourinho began his reign as Old Trafford boss while Sir Alex Ferguson warned Ryan Giggs to go prove himself in other to be considered a future candidate. The latter, who was overlooked for the United manager position, last week decided to move on after 29 years as a one club man.
This message came after three years that seen the Welshman in a coaching capacity, although regretfully a period everyone concerned would rather put behind them and forget.
The official unveiling of Mourinho came with digs directed at Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola and former United boss Louis van Gaal. He spoke about winning titles, youth development and that fourth place finishes ought to be considered underachieving for a club of this stature.
“There are some managers that the last time they won a title was 10 years ago. I won a title a year ago.”
Wenger won’t like that, and nor should he.
This is Mourinho putting United back on the map. Making one of the world’s biggest football clubs relevant again, or putting bite back into the dog, as Ferguson did and those that followed him were unable to.
The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager told the press he is not one to hide behind words or philosophies. This is quite a contrast from Van Gaal, a manager Mourinho studied closely under, because he can be more aggressive in his approach.
In conclusion, Mourinho handled his first press conference as Manchester United manager superbly. The Portuguese talked the talk and fans are convinced he can walk the walk.
Ed Woodward — with the help of Jorge Mendes — is getting deals done earlier than usual, creating a welcoming sense of clear initiative to get the ball rolling under the new manager. The objective for the upcoming season is to win. Mourinho is not one for excuses or three year plans.
“This isn’t a dream job, this is reality.” – Jose Mourinho, 25 July 2016.