Jose Mourinho speaks for the first time after Manchester sacking


Mourinho said he was proud of what he achieved at Manchester United, particularly finishing second behind Manchester City in the 2017-18 season.

Speaking on beIN Sports” Asian Cup coverage as a television pundit, Mourinho also reiterated that guiding United to second-place last season was “one of the best jobs of his career. “One thing is image, another thing is communication, another thing is good structure behind, another thing is to win and get results”, he said.

“I keep saying this because people dont know what is going on behind the scenes”.

“And sometimes we, on this side of the cameras, we analyse things with a different perspective”.

Jose Mourinho has defended his Manchester United record while hinting at unrest at the club, saying “people dont know what is going on behind the scenes” at Old Trafford.

The club went on to sign Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January, but Mourinho did not hide his frustration at Uniteds inability to push through a deal for Perisic.

He has been linked with returns to former clubs Inter and Real Madrid, but rejected speculation of taking over at Benficabefore Bruno Lage was appointed as the new head coach at the Portuguese club.

Asked about retiring, Mourinho said: “No I want to coach, Im too young”. Its helping me stay fit and stay sharp because if youre not sharp theyll definitely be on you.

During his time at Manchester United, that tended to involve blaming an unfit Luke shaw for the teams tactical weaknesses, singling out Paul Pogba for causing a toxic atmosphere in the dressing room, and refusing to accept any responsibility for Uniteds shortcomings.

“Its not an easy task to come to Manchester United, taking over in such a very critical part of the season and hes been doing unbelievable”, Rossi told PA Sport. “It is very easy to be behind a certain idea of certain football without results”. The people that win and the people that win consistently – because you can win isolated and then disappear – has obviously a different idea about that.

“Too young [to retire], really”.