Jose Mourinho addressed a wide range of issues during his first press conference as Manchester United manager on Tuesday, including Ryan Giggs’ departure, his last Chelsea tenure, Wayne Rooney’s position and new signings.
On Rooney: “There are many jobs on the field. One of hardest to find is the one that puts the ball in the net.
“He will never be a number 6 or playing 50 metres from the goal.
“To be there and to put the ball in the net is the most difficult thing.
“He will be a 9, a 10, a 9 1/2… but not a 6 or even an 8.
“You can tell me his pass is amazing but my pass is amazing too without pressure.”
On advice from Sir Alex Ferguson: “Fergie told me to bring an umbrella. It was great advice!
“He told me to bring a bottle of wine because we’ll have many chances to be together.”
On Giggs: “It is not my responsibility that Ryan is not in the club.
“The job Ryan wanted the club decided to give me. Ryan wanted to be Manchester United manager.
“From this moment he wants to be a manager. Sixteen years ago I decided the same. Ryan made his decision.
“He could be what he wants at the club. The club wanted to give him any important job but he made a decision.
“He was brave and honest, so good luck. If he wants to come back then I will never stop him.”
Mourinho on his record of promoting young players was clearly prepared for this question as he pulled out a list of names:
He said: “I have promoted 49 youth players from Academies. If you want, I can give you that list. Two factors that are very important on these records, because sometimes you promote because you don’t have another chance or so many injuries, you have to bring them in.
“The second factor is when you are not playing for big targets then it is easier to bring them up. My record of injuries is very, very low. I never promote players because of a need – I do it because of conviction.”
Jose has aimed a dig at Manchester United’s rivals.
The Special One led Chelsea to the title 12 months ago but vowed: “I am manager of the biggest club in the UK.”
Jose wants four signings but insists he wants to get his business done early.
He said: “We are not making the fourth signing on August 31, no way.”
Mourinho asked about how many more signings he wants.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I think the third player is official, right?”
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Mourinho then took a swipe at Arsene Wenger:
“There are some managers, the last time they won a title was 10 years ago, the last time I won was a year ago.
“I feel I have to prove – not to the others – to myself.
“I will never be able to work without success. That’s my nature.
“If I have something to prove, imagine the others! To finish 4th is not the aim.”
Mourinho will be a tough boss to please:
“Playing well is to score more goals than the opponent, concede less goals and to make your fans proud. We want everything at the same time.
This is an aggressive approach. I want everything.”
Mourinho admited he was disappointed not to be in the Champions League.
He said: “I hope it’s only one season.
“We have to make sure this club is where it has to be… which is the Champions League.”
Mourinho on Manchester United “dream”:
“I arrive into a club that is difficult to describe. I don’t like the nomination that many people use, dream job. This is reality – I am Manchester United manager. It is a job that everyone wants and not many have had the chance to have.
“I have it. I know the responsibility, expectation and the legacy of this club. I know what the fans expect from me. This challenge doesn’t make me nervous.”