Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has insisted he knew all along that the job lying ahead of him would not be an easy one.
The Portuguese manager moved to Old Trafford ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season and many expected him to have an instant impact.
It didn’t quite work out that way though he did win the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and Europa League to mask the disappointment of finishing in sixth place.
In his second season in charge Mourinho could potentially finish with an FA Cup trophy and second placed finish behind a potentially record breaking Manchester City side.
His failure to win the Premier League has seen him receive a tonne of criticism but he has insisted it was not all an easy job to start with.
According to Team Talk, Jose said to Sky Sport: “I knew the club I was coming to. I know that one thing is to go to a club that is prepared to win and you just need to arrive and give the last touches, to give your personal quality, personal knowledge and the team, and the club, is ready just for the last click.
“I knew that was not the case [at United]. The owners knew that. The CEO, he knew that. So when the question was, in this period of my career, am I ready for this kind of job? Yes, I am ready because my career was about new things all the time.”
However, it’s also true that more was expected to happen, particularly since the former Real Madrid manager had a remarkable record of always winning a domestic league title in his second season in charge of a club.