Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists the Champions League is empty without his side in the competition.
His predecessor Louis van Gaal failed to take the team to a top-four finish in the Premier League last season and Man United have failed to qualify for the tournament for the second time in three years.
The Dutchman’s fifth-place finish last season will result in Mourinho’s side clashing in the Europa League this season and Mourinho believes Man United need to work hard to get back into their natural habitat in the Champions League.
“The Champions League is empty when Man United is not there,” he said.
“There are certain clubs — also Real Madrid, Barcelona — where the Champions League is not the Champions League if they are not there.
“It’s Man United’s natural habitat. We have to get back.”
Mourinho was appointed as manager in May, but has already completed deals for his four fundamental signings at Man United with Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba this summer.
The Portuguese boss has sent out a message of his intent during his time at Old Trafford and will be hoping to get back to Champions League football as soon as possible.
Man United deserve to be competing at the highest level at football, fans have suffered disappointing tenures under Louis van Gaal and David Moyes, but it looks like Mourinho is the right man to finally get the club back on the right track.