Jose Mourinho was unveiled as Manchester United manager on Tuesday and certainly had plenty to say ahead of his spell at the club. ...
Jose Mourinho was unveiled as Manchester United manager on Tuesday and certainly had plenty to say ahead of his spell at the club.
The Portuguese tactician was confirmed as Louis van Gaal’s successor last month, but has been off on holiday since then with the European Championships taking centre stage.
However, Mourinho returned to England last week and on Sunday night took the train into Manchester ahead of his first official day of work on Monday.
And today he was finally unveiled by the club at a press conference as reporters flooded the former Chelsea boss with questions in the North West.
Mourinho’s press conferences have always been something to remember, going back to 2004 when he arrived at Chelsea and announced himself as the ‘Special One’.
The Full Transcript Of Mourinho’s Press Conference Below:
“I don’t know,” when asked about his famous ‘Special One’ and ‘Happy One’ comments. “The other two times I was arriving at the country, this is a different one. I was sacked by Chelsea and then I stayed in the same country and the same country with the same faces.
This is nothing new. I have arrived into a club that is difficult to describe… I don’t like the nomination that this is the dream job. This is reality and the reality is that this is the job that everyone wants.”
On Transfer Plans:
“We made a nucleus of four priorities, four positions, to give a certain balance to the squad and a certain push in terms of quality and in terms of the qualities that I need and want. As you know, especially the ones with more vision.
I am a manager that likes specialists and not so much the multi-functional players. I am very clear in my model of play so I need specialists. We decided four targets… Until we have the fourth we are still working hard.”
On His Record Regarding Giving Youth Players A Breakthrough:
“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 Revealed That Ryan Giggs Wanted The Manager’s Job:
“The job that Ryan wanted is the club that the club decided to give me. It is not my fault. Ryan wanted to be Manchester United manager and the club decided that the job was for me. From this moment Ryan wants to be a manager like in 2000 when I decided I wanted to be a manager.
There arrives a moment when you make a decision and Ryan made this decision. He could be what he wanted in the club, but he made a decision where you need to be brave.”
On Sir Alex Ferguson Visiting Him This Year:
“He said bring the umbrella! Yesterday I couldn’t believe it was raining at the training ground so it was great advice. The second advice was to bring my typical bottle of wine because now we are going to have many occasions to be together.
He is at the Euros so I cannot see him this week but when his summer holidays are finished we will have lots of time to meet each other. He is always welcome to the training ground and we will have time to share a lot of our personal stuff.”
Mourinho Ruled Out That Rooney Would Ever Play As A No.6 Or No.8 Under Him:
“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’s hard work now begins ahead of the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East, which will see them take on Borussia Dortmund and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
The Red Devils also face Galatasaray in a one-off friendly in Sweden, before they take on Leicester City at Wembley for the FA Community Shield.Watch the full interview below