The much-anticipated press conference lived up to its expectations as the 54-year-old cleverly answered questions from journalists. The ex-Chelsea boss discussed different issues, including the club’s expected transfer activity. He confirmed that the Red Devils were set to make their third signing ahead of the season. This comes a few days after Borussia Dortmund had confirmed that their key forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan would join the English club. The German giants released the statement on their official Twitter account, and wished the player the best of luck in his new club.
Although Man United have not officially announced the signing of the 27-year-old, sources from Old Trafford claim that he could be unveiled anytime soon. This also comes a few days after the club mistakenly published the player’s shirt on their website as they were promoting the new away shirts for the forthcoming season. Upon realizing the mistake, the images were quickly deleted but this did not stop some fans from getting a few screenshots.
New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during his introduction to the media at Old Trafford on July 5, 2016 in Manchester, England.
Mourinho is expected to start his Man United job right away, with his focus on the pre-season in China where they will face the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Galatasaray. They will then return back to England for Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match on August 3, before facing Leicester City in the FA Community Shield four days later.
Five minutes into the press conference on Tuesday, Mourinho took a moment to mock his league rival Arsene Wenger. When asked whether he had a point to prove in the league after being sacked by Chelsea and spending almost six months out, Mourinho’s response was:
“Some managers – the last time they won a title was 10 years ago. Some of them – never. The last time I won a title was a year ago. So if I have a lot to prove, imagine the others.’’
Regarding whether or not Man United were still interested in signing new players, the former Real Madrid boss replied:
“I don’t know, yet. The third player [Mkhitarayn] will be official soon – I can try to make you understand the profile. We made a nucleus of four priorities, four positions, to give a certain balance to the squad. To give a certain push in terms of the qualities I need and want.’’
Mourinho comes to the city of Manchester, the home of the club’s local rivals Manchester City, who are under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola. The two managers were bitter rivals during their days in La Liga when Pep was in charge of Barcelona and Mou in charge of Real Madrid. When asked whether he was planning to revive his rivalry with the Spaniard, he said:
"I am the manager of the biggest club in the country, so I don't have to look at the others too much. We have to focus on us."
The Portuguese tactician has also been previously criticized for failing to give youth players a chance to prove themselves at the different clubs he has managed. Concerning the allegations, he responded:
"I have promoted 49 players from the academies. We are talking about big names. players that today are Champions League winners, playing for national teams. Forty nine is a lot. Once more – it’s one lie repeated many times. Some times it looks like it might be true but it is always true. Many of you … the names. If you want them, I’ll give them to you.’’
And finally, regarding his goal at his new club, he Champions League-winning coach added:
"I want everything - to win matches, to play well, to play young players, to score goals, for the fans to be behind us. Everything."