Jose Mourinho insists he will not be hiding behind Manchester United’s poor results in the past three seasons and wants to be challenging for silverware from the start of his tenure with the English Premier League club.
The Old Trafford side have had to settle for seventh, fourth and fifth spot, respectively, in the Premier League over the past three campaigns, having last won the title under Alex Ferguson in 2012-13.
Mourinho feels merely improving on last term’s results is not enough for a club of United’s stature, though, and is adamant they should be aiming to win titles again in 2016-17.
“Managing Manchester United is not the dream job, this is reality. But it is a job everyone wants and not many people get this chance,” Mourinho said at the first press conference in his new role.
“I have never been very good at hiding behind words and philosophies,” he said. “And I have never tried to do that. I have always been aggressive in my approach, regardless of the risks that come with it.
“It would be easy and pragmatic to point at the last three years. But I am not good at that aspect. I want to be more aggressive, we want to win titles.”
United missed out on Champions League qualification last season, and Mourinho is desperate to return to European club football’s elite competition sooner rather than later.
“I hope it will be just one season without Champions League football,” said. “Manchester United are a Champions League club. We want to be back in the Champions League next year.”