Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has defended himself amid criticism over his side’s performances last season and career.
It’s not been a great summer for Mourinho, who has been on the end of some hefty criticism due to his negativity.
That comes on and off the pitch and the pressure is well and truly on the Portuguese boss right now and a lack of transfer business doesn’t help either.
Now, he’s been speaking about last season as well as his perception in the media.
“My view is that first of all it’s difficult for me to believe we finished second,’ Mourinho explained today, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
‘When I listen, when I read, it’s difficult to believe we finished second because you are capable of making people who finish second (sound like we) were relegated.
‘You are capable of making people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners.
‘It’s difficult for me to believe we finished second. Sometimes it’s also difficult to believe I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues, and I keep thinking the second position last year was one of my biggest achievements in England.’
Following some poor performances in pre-season, especially against Liverpool, Mourinho has explained that it takes time to work with all his players before they show their real quality.
‘The target is the Leicester match,‘ he continued.
‘The tactics to be changed in Championship Manager you can just press a button. In football, you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn’t have until now.
‘I said during pre-season – it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something crazy – but I repeat: pre-season is difficult when you don’t have your players to work, it’s as simple as that.’