Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said finishing second behind Manchester City last season feels like one of his “biggest achievements” as a manager in football after the criticism he has received.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of the Premier League opener between Manchester United and Leicester on Friday, Mourinho was in a defensive mood about the criticism his United team got for finishing behind a massive 19 points behind Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking City side.
“When I listen, when I read – not much but sometimes I do – it is difficult to believe that we finished second,” Jose said, “because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners.”
And his next comment has already led to backlash from Manchester United fans on social media after Mourinho said finishing behind City wasn’t such a bad thing….
“It is difficult for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second – which I keep saying, and it is sometimes difficult to believe. I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second [place] last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game.”
A new season begins tomorrow with Manchester United looking to catch up to neighbours City. The Reds have failed to finish above City in any season since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last in charge, through the David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and, now, Jose Mourinho eras.
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