Jose Mourinho says he has been confirmed because of Man Utd troubles | Soccer

Jose Mourinho says he has been confirmed over Manchester United issues

The Portuguese says his sacking didn’t address any deeper issues (Images: BT Sport / Getty)

Jose Mourinho says he was proved right about Manchester United’s woes and believes the club’s “mentality and organisation” are the problem – not him.

The self-proclaimed Special One finished second in the 2017/18 Premier League season with United after winning the Carabao Cup and Europa League the previous season but was sacked a few months later with the side sitting sixth.

Since then, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick and Ralf Rangnick have all been in the dugout – with the latter overseeing United’s lowest score (58) of the Premier League era.

The German interim head coach of Manchester United, Ralf Rangnick

United endured a miserable end to the season under Rangnick (Image: AFP)

Speaking to beIN Sports in 2019, Mourinho said his second place finish was “one of the best jobs of my career” because of “behind-the-scenes” issues that people were unaware of and this time would show what he meant.

Three years later, United have appointed another new manager – in Erik ten Hag, the latest man charged with revolutionizing the club – during their most recent underwhelming campaign prompted Rio Ferdinand to offer Mourinho an apology.

The Portugal manager, who can end Roma’s 14-year wait for a trophy in Wednesday’s Europa Conference League final, insists he has little joy in United’s ongoing struggles but feels wholeheartedly vindicated.

Asked if time has proved him right about United’s woes, Mourinho told BT Sport: “Unfortunately yes.

“Obviously my English connection is Chelsea – that’s how I see it as a Chelsea man, two spells at Chelsea, six years.

“But at Man United the fans are special and there are a lot of good people at the club so I’m not happy to be right.

“I’m not happy to be right. I want to be wrong But I knew I was right.

“The first thing you have to change when things don’t go right for me is the mentality and organization and it didn’t come.

Jose Mourinho says he has been confirmed over Manchester United issues

Mourinho wants to win his first trophy since 2017 (Image: Getty)

“And I knew that leaving would not solve the situation. Unfortunately I knew that. I honestly wish them the best and hope they make it.

Earlier this month, Mourinho claimed United are a club where it’s possible Trophies are no longer expected and he seemed to double down on that remark as he reeled off a list of the clubs he’s managed where there’s tremendous pressure to lift silverware – although United weren’t included.

He said: “If I go to Chelsea I’ll go to win, if I go to Inter I’ll go to win, if I go to Madrid I’ll go to win. In here [Roma] the goal was to come, build, have time – and the word time is something completely new for me because time was never given to me. I had to come in and win and if you don’t win you’re out.’

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