Jose Mourinho: Manchester United lacked the winning mentality when I took over

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho insists he has a habit of choosing teams in trouble as he had to address Manchester United’s mentality when he first took over at the club.

The Portuguese boss claimed the players didn’t know how to win as he got them back to winning ways, lifting the Europa League and EFL Cup in his first season at Old Trafford.

He’s looking turn the squad into contenders in the Champions League and Premier League next season following the team’s poor performances in the league as his side finished sixth, 24 points behind champions Chelsea.

Speaking about the team, Mourinho claimed only a few had the required winning mentality.

“I arrived at Manchester United and do you know how many of these players were champions? The ‘oldies’ that are near the end of their careers and had remained from the Sir Alex Ferguson era,” he said.

“Others do not know what it is to win. It’s impossible to teach football, all I can do is teach how to think. The most important thing is the ideas.

“I’m really bad at picking teams, I always choose teams that are, as they say in England, in big trouble. Inter were in big trouble, Real Madrid were in big trouble, Manchester United in big trouble.

“What does ‘big trouble’ mean? It means that they are teams that want to win but are thousands of miles away from winning. The size and history of the club is one thing, but the actuality of the club is another.

“Take the Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos who lifted the Champions League trophy the other day and who is now a three-time European champion as an example. When I came to Real Madrid in 2010, he had never played in the quarter-finals. Not just the final or the semi-final, he had never played the quarter-finals of the Champions League.”

He’s won in four different leagues and won the Champions League twice and is completely the right manager to take us forward.

Mourinho has already signed Victor Lindelof and there’s no doubt he’ll be looking for more top talent to strengthen the squad.

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