Jose Mourinho has made it clear his Manchester United side wants to be champions this season.
The 53-year-old’s comments come after Man United sealed their third successive Premier League win through a last gasp Marcus Rashford goal against Hull City.
Mourinho’s men sit at the top of the table, level on goal difference with Chelsea. The season may still be in its nascent stages but Mourinho has his eyes set firmly on the title.
“We want to be champions,” he said.
“We don’t want to start well, we want to finish well.
“For me it is amazing to look to my side to see people suffering with me and jumping for goals, it’s a great spirt.
“I’m recovering. I think we did everything to win. We were so good in our attacking way I was always sure the goal would arrive. Hull did an amazing job, they defended with everything.”
Against an unyielding Hull side, with the rain pouring down, along with scrutiny piling in from all corners of the footballing world, this was a real test.
For 90 minutes, Mourinho’s side did everything apart from score. 29 shots, 62% possession, a constant stranglehold on proceedings. And yet the goal just wouldn’t come: chance after chance was spurned, a mixture of goalkeeping heroics from Eldin Jakupovic, luck and poor decision ensuring that United’s onslaught came to nothing.
But then, as I began to sink into my chair, half insane, ready to embrace the derision that would follow this despicable 0-0 draw, it happened. Rashford, a beacon of hope and enthusiasm when all else seems lost, duly delivered in injury time.
When the odds seem stacked against you, when the ball just won’t go in, to produce something like that is the true hallmark of title contenders.