Jose Mourinho has declared that he is one of the greatest managers in the world following wide-scale criticism on the back of Manchester United’s consecutive Premier League defeats.
The Red Devils were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Tottenham at Old Trafford having suffered a 3-2 defeat to Brighton in their second fixture of the 2018-19 campaign.
“I am the manager of one of the greatest clubs in the world, but I am also one of the greatest managers in the world,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday.
“I had last season great success. I had great success last season, that’s what you probably don’t want to admit.
“I analyse my performance myself, and for me it’s more important what I think than what you think.
“I repeat that two seasons ago we had a fantastic season by winning the Europa League,
“Everybody thought Atletico Madrid were amazing because they won the Europa League after being knocked out of the Champions League.
“We won the Europa League because that was our level. We are the last team in England to win a European trophy.
“And, I repeat, I won eight titles. I am the only manager in the world that won in Italy, Spain and England, and by winning eight titles, not small titles or countries.
“My second position last season is one of my greatest achievements in football. I think.”
Asked if he could still consider himself one of the greatest managers in the world if he does not win the title with United, Mourinho quoted the German philosopher Hegel.
“Did you read any philosopher or in your formation you never spent time reading Hegel,” he added.
“Just as an example, Hegel says the truth is in the whole, is always in the whole.
“Did you ask that question to the manager that finished third in the Premier League or fourth [Jurgen Klopp]? Because he never win anything in international, for example.
Mourinho also taunted Tottenham for fans for chanting “you’re not special anymore” at him during Monday’s galling defeat.
“Yeah, but they didn’t have that song when we beat them at Wembley a couple of months ago,” Mourinho further stated.
“That was a cup final they had a big dream to go. They also had a title they had a big dream to win, because they didn’t win many, and of course they were not singing that.”