Jose Mourinho boldly lays out his target for Man United
Jose Mourinho discusses his targets ahead of his first season in charge at Manchester United
Jose Mourinho has challenged Manchester United to “win every game” this season as they prepare for their Premier League opener on Sunday.
The Red Devils have already secured their first piece of silverware under their new manager after Mourinho led United to the Community Shield at Wembley last Sunday.
Mourinho has been tasked with restoring United to the top of English football after the Red Devils finished fifth in the Premier League last season and won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal.
The Portuguese coach has accepted that United’s primary focus is to make sure that the Red Devils qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top four finish.
However, the former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss says that he and his players must set the bar much higher than that.
Speaking exclusively in an interview with BT Sport, Mourinho said: “Manchester United has to be in the Champions League.
“I think that the Champions League is empty when Man United is not there. Imagine the Champions League without Man United, Real Madrid, Barcelona. There are a certain numbers of clubs that make it not a Champions League without these clubs. That’s Man United and their natural habitat.
“I wouldn’t be happy with just finishing in the top four. I would be happy with that but plus a greater evolution in the team in terms of our evolved football. Opening the door for in the next couple of years back to winning titles.
“I don’t like to go to the players and tell them ‘let’s try to finish in the top four’ – let’s try to win every game. We won’t and we know that, especially in this country, at this moment it is impossible for anyone.
“But to have that as a starting point, let’s go to every game and try to win every game. But I think a big club like we are, we need to have this mentality.”
United have not won the title since Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge back in 2013.
Watch the full interview with Jose Mourinho on BT Sport 1 from 10pm tomorrow. BT Sport is the only place to watch all four major football competitions in one place, with exclusively live coverage of the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the Emirates FA Cup.