Jose Mourinho won two trophies in his first season at Manchester United, securing our place in next season’s Champions League, and in an interview with ESPN, has talked about the future.
Mourinho has been asked about how much he wants this period of instability to end and deliver success at United in the long term.
I am ready for this. I am ready for the next 15, I would say. Here? Yes, why not? I have to admit that it is very difficult because of the pressure around our jobs, everybody putting pressure on managers and things that people say — that we have to win, but in reality only one can win and every year it is getting more difficult.
But what I try to do in the club is show that my work goes further than the football results, that it goes to areas that people don’t think of as a manager’s job. In my vision, my job is much more than what I do on the pitch and the results that my team gets at the weekend.
While Mourinho may see his next 15 years at the club, he is mindful that spending such a long time at one club is not often achieved in modern football.
This club, for so many years, was Sir Alex. People got used to it; people understood the great consequences of that stability. After David and Mr Van Gaal, I come to my second year and hopefully I can stay and give that stability that the club wants. I will try, but again, I will have to try to deserve that, but that’s what I try every day that I work.
You have huge success in one year, the next year you don’t have success and you are out. It happened to me at Chelsea, it happened to Ranieri at Leicester, it will happen to many others. Nowadays, people look much more on the short-term.
I think Sir Alex’s career is unique. I don’t think it is possible to emulate. Nobody is going to be in the same club for so many years, be in the same league for so many years. I think Wenger will be the last with a similar story in terms of staying at a club for so many years, but I what I try to do in modern football nowadays is to try to deserve to stay in the club, because in this moment, it is about success. You have success, you stay in the club. You don’t have success, you don’t stay.