Jose Mourinho has insisted “I am where I want to be” after he was officially unveiled as Manchester United manager…
The new Manchester United boss was presented to the world’s press at Old Trafford and he spoke of his delight at being given the job “that everyone wants.”
Mourinho went on to explain how he feels he is at United at the perfect stage of his career and he is relishing the challenge ahead.
“It is difficult for me to describe and find the right words for this club. I don’t like the denomination that people use like ‘dream job’. This is not a dream job, this is reality – I am Manchester United manager. The reality is that this is a job that everyone wants, but not many people get to have, yet I have it,” he enthused.
“I know the responsibility, the expectation, the legacy and what is behind me at this club. I know what the fans expect of me and this challenge doesn’t make me nervous because my history in the last ten years is to live with big clubs’ expectations.
“I believe it is the right moment in my career, where I feel very well prepared and stable, with a great motivation. I can say that I am where I want to be; I want to be in this club, I want to be in this country, in the Premier League and the domestic cups.”
Mourinho was asked about Wayne Rooney playing position for upcoming season and seems like Special one have no plan of playing Rooney in Midfield.
“There are many jobs and the one that is more difficult to find is the guy that puts the ball in the net. Players change during the years, their qualities and characteristics. It is normal that a player of his age changes, but something that will never change is the natural appetite to put the ball in the net. Maybe he is not a striker anymore, or a nine, but he will never be a six playing 50 metres from the goal. He will be a nine, a 10, a nine and a half, but not a six or eight.”
Mourinho defended his youth record by saying that he promoted 49 youth players from Academies in his coaching career.
“I have promoted 49 youth players from Academies. If you want, I can give you that list. Two factors that are very important on these records, because sometimes you promote because you don’t have another chance or so many injuries, you have to bring them in. The second factor is when you are not playing for big targets then it is easier to bring them up. My record of injuries is very, very low. I never promote players because of a need – I do it because of conviction.”
Mourinho also talked about his desire, both from a personal and team perspective, to ensure the Reds get back into the Champions League as soon as possible.
“I am a bit disappointed that I am not in the Champions League, as I do not hide that I chase Sir Alex’s records in that competition – the number of matches as a manager. I am around 130 matches, maybe a little bit more or less. Hopefully it will only be one season that we are not there,” he added.
“I say ‘we’ because the club is much more important than myself. Man United is a Champions League club and we have to make sure that in July 2017, instead of waiting for the Europa League, we are ready for the group draw of the Champions League.”