Video: Jose Mourinho’s first interview as Manchester United manager

Jose Mourinho discussed his appointment as Manchester United manager as well as a number of player issues in his first full length interview.

The Portuguese admitted that his last spell at Chelsea had been a disaster after the first month or two, and he is determined to get United back into the Champions League as soon as possible.


Mourinho also spoke about Louis van Gaal’s decision to deploy Wayne Rooney as a midfielder, and dismissed the possibility of a deep role for the England captain in future.

Maybe he is not a striker, not a number nine any more but for me he will never be a number six, playing 50 metres from the goal.

He also stated that United legend Ryan Giggs left the club because the top job was given to Mourinho.

United have been busy in the transfer market already this summer with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Eric Bailly already confirmed or close to signing.

However, their business isn’t done just yet, and Mourinho openly stated that their is still one more area that needs addressing.

We made four positions priorities to give a certain balance to the squad, to give a certain push in terms of quality and the qualities I need – especially the ones with more vision.


I’m a manager that likes specialists. We decided on four targets; from this four we have three.

One of the biggest criticisms of Mourinho has been his reluctance to give young players an extended run in the first but the the 53-year-old was well prepared for questions on the matter thanks to a list of 49 individuals that have been given game time under his watch.

However, further scrutiny of that list shows that 23 of the players made a single appearance under him, while a further ten played just twice.

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