Ahead of Jose Mourinho’s appointment at Chelsea in 2004, they had won just one league title in 100 years. He went on to win a further three league titles over two stints there, as well as the FA Cup and three League Cups.
Mourinho has claimed their lack of success made it easier for him to create history there, compared to United, with our 20 league titles and three European Cups. However, he did win the Europa League, the only trophy United had never won before his appointment.
The difference between Chelsea and United is that I really belong to Chelsea’s history because I won three Premier Leagues, I won cups, lots of things there, the club won their first Premier League in 2004. So I have a history there and here my history is the history of somebody who works hard every day. [United] won the only competition the club never won, but everybody knows the Europa League is not the “El Dorado” of football, and I come in a moment where it is more difficult to make history.
Mourinho is Chelsea’s most successful ever manager, which he reminded their fans of when they called him Judas. “Judas is number one,” he responded.
While Mourinho has insisted that he will stay at United for as long as the club wants him, he admits he is trying to put the club in a good position for the future, even when he has gone.
If a manager leaves a club one day even without big success, but creates conditions for the next one to come in and have success, that’s also a very important part of this job. So when I work in this club I’m not just working to myself, I try to work also for the future of the club.