Jose Mourinho insists he feels right at home at Manchester United whilst reflecting on his first six months at the job.
He was named as Louis van Gaal‘s sucessor in May and quickly settled in to life at Old Trafford, and despite a mixed start, has now guided the side to an unbeaten run of 10 games in all competitions.
The Portuguese boss has done a solid job at strengthening the squad at Man United and reports claimed the hierarchy have even talked about extending his contract.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mourinho spoke out about the initial pressure of taking over at the club.
“For me, it was easy to acclimatise,” he said.
“It’s a difficult job, but it’s easy to feel at home, easy to feel good at the club, easy to feel that the club wants to progress and that the people want to be happy again. I felt good immediately, I’ve had five or six months here and have felt right at home so, for me, it was easy.
“I thought about the difficulty of the job, I thought to myself why the club in the past three years was going – in terms of results – in a different direction. I tried to answer that, but I couldn’t think much about coming to United, it was an easy decision.
“Honestly, I don’t like to compare. I think you know me; you don’t hear many opinions from me, many stories or comparing with previous clubs. When I leave clubs, I close the door, I close the chapter, I wish them well and say goodbye. I try to be happy.
“What I can say is that, here, I have felt people with open arms. It’s not just a very calm and intelligent board and owners, they know what they want, they have big experience already and they’re very calm and pragmatic – I have good conditions to work.
“Expectations are high, results are up and down and we are in a position where we don’t want to be. I have passion for my new work. I’m feeling really happy here.”
It’s great to hear that Mourinho is focused on the task in hand at Old Trafford as there was plenty of work need in order to re-build the squad.
United have been in brilliant form recently and hopes are they can continue the impressive work if they stand a chance at closing the gap on the top four.