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Jose Mourinho: I want to forget Manchester United's last three years, I have a giant club in my hands now and I want to win

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Oliver Todd

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Luke Augustus for MailOnline


Published:
06:24 EST, 27 May 2016

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07:00 EST, 27 May 2016

Jose Mourinho has called on his Manchester United players to erase the memories of the last three years and restore a ‘giant club’ to its former glories.

Mourinho was confirmed as United manager on a four-year deal, with the option to cut ties after three years, on Friday morning after months of speculation.

Having signed off the details on his new job, Mourinho then took the opportunity of his first interview to issue a rallying cry to his players to cast aside the difficulties of the last three years. 

Manchester United finally confirmed Jose Mourinho as their new manager on Friday morning

Manchester United finally confirmed Jose Mourinho as their new manager on Friday morning

The incoming manager gave his first interview as the United boss with the club's in-house TV channel

The incoming manager gave his first interview as the United boss with the club’s in-house TV channel

The former Chelsea manager called United a 'giant club' and looked to erase memories of recent years

The former Chelsea manager called United a ‘giant club’ and looked to erase memories of recent years

Louis van Gaal won the FA Cup but silverware has otherwise been lacking at Old Trafford since 2013

Louis van Gaal won the FA Cup but silverware has otherwise been lacking at Old Trafford since 2013

Mourinho posed with a United shirt as he was announced as Van Gaal's successor on Friday morning

Mourinho posed with a United shirt as he was announced as Van Gaal’s successor on Friday morning

Mourinho could be seen holding a United shirt branded with 'Mourinho - 1' on the back in a Vine clip

Mourinho could be seen holding a United shirt branded with ‘Mourinho – 1’ on the back in a Vine clip

UNITED PRE- AND POST-SIR ALEX FERGUSON’S RETIREMENT 

2010-11: Won the Premier League

2011-12: Finished second

2012-13: Won the Premier League

2013: Sir Alex Ferguson retired

2013-14: Finished seventh

2015-16: Finished fourth

2017-18: Finished fifth, won the FA Cup

United won their first trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 by winning the FA Cup but both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal paid with their jobs for a lack of major success.

Now Mourinho, a winner of three Premier League titles, is determined to bring back the regular silverware that United fans were so accustomed to in the past.

‘We can look at our club now in two perspectives,’ Mourinho told MUTV.

‘One perspective is the past three years, and another prospective is the club’s history. I prefer to forget the last three years.

‘I prefer to focus on the giant club I have in my hands now and I think what the fans are expecting me to say is that I want to win. I think what the players need to listen to is I want to win.

‘And more than that I need the supporters and the players to feel that I say that, not just for the sake of saying it, but because I think we really can

‘I want to focus on the history of this giant club and give what I have and what I don’t have, so I will give absolutely everything to try to go in the direction we all want.’

Mourinho is planning a summer full of transfer activity with the former Chelsea manager being handed £200million to spend in his bid to create a squad able to challenge for the title.

Mourinho was seen putting pen to paper on his contract in MUTV footage shown on Sky Sports News

Mourinho was seen putting pen to paper on his contract in MUTV footage shown on Sky Sports News

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Mourinho waves to photographers outside his London home as the world reacts to his appointment on Friday

Mourinho waves to photographers outside his London home as the world reacts to his appointment on Friday

Mourinho will have £200million to spend this summer as he looks to build a title-challenging squad

Mourinho will have £200million to spend this summer as he looks to build a title-challenging squad

BORN WINNER: JOSE MOURINHO’S 13 YEARS OF TROPHY WINS

Porto (2002-2004) 

Win percentage: 71.65

Trophies: Primeira Liga (2003, 2004); Portuguese Cup (2003); UEFA Cup (2003); Champions League (2004).

Chelsea (2004-2007) 

Win percentage: 67.03

Trophies: Premier League (2005, 2006); League Cup (2005, 2007); FA Cup (2007).

Inter Milan (2008-2010) 

Win percentage: 62.04

Trophies: Serie A (2009, 2010); Italian Cup (2010); Champions League (2010)

Real Madrid (2010-2013)

Win percentage: 71.91

Trophies: Primera Division (2012); Copa del Rey (2011).

Chelsea (second spell: 2013-2015)

Win percentage: 58.82

Trophies: Premier League (2015); League Cup (2015).

But after the initial excitement his main focus is on a return to the pitch – something he has missed since his Stamford Bridge sacking in December.

United regroup following the summer break on June 7 before Mourinho’s first game against Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on July 22.

‘I feel great, I think I’m in the right moment of my career because Manchester United is one of these clubs you need to be prepared for, because it’s a giant club,’ the 53-year-old said.

‘Giant clubs must be for the best managers. I think I am ready for it so I could say I’m happy, I’m proud, I’m honoured, I’m everything, but the reality is that what I love is to work and I cannot wait for July 7 to go on the pitch.’

Earlier in the day Mourinho spoke of the ‘special honour’ of managing United after being confirmed as the new boss at 9.30am on Friday morning.

‘To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game,’ Mourinho said. ‘It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.

‘I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it has hosted some important memories for me in my career and I have always enjoyed a rapport with the United fans. I’m looking forward to being their manager and enjoying their magnificent support in the coming years.’

Mourinho will start work immediately as he looks to secure the transfer targets he has identified

Mourinho will start work immediately as he looks to secure the transfer targets he has identified

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Mourinho delighted one fan outside his home by providing the signature on a United home shirt

Mourinho delighted one fan outside his home by providing the signature on a United home shirt

The new Manchester United manager posted this image of his contract with the club on Instagram

The new Manchester United manager posted this image of his contract with the club on Instagram

Sportsmail revealed on Monday that the Old Trafford club had already paid The Special One £4m not to take a job elsewhere while they decided on the future of his predecessor. 

The finer details of his contract were ironed out with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward this week before the announcement of Mourinho’s arrival was made.

‘Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today,’ Woodward said. ‘He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here.

‘I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome him to Manchester United. His track record of success is ideal to take the club forward.’

JOSE MOURINHO’S MUTV INTERVIEW IN FULL 

QUESTION: Jose, congratulations, the new Manchester United manager. How do you feel?

‘I feel great, I think I’m in the right moment of my career because Manchester United is one of these clubs you need to be prepared for because it’s a giant club.

‘Giant clubs must be for the best managers. I think I am ready for it so I could say I’m happy, I’m proud, I’m honoured, I’m everything, but the reality is that what I love is to work and I cannot wait for July 7 to go on the pitch.’

QUESTION: You’ve won trophies everywhere, what are your ambitions for Manchester United?

‘We can look at our club now in two perspectives. One perspective is the past three years, and another prospective is the club’s history. I prefer to forget the last three years.

‘I prefer to focus on the giant club I have in my hands now and I think what the fans are expecting me to say is that I want to win. I think what the players need to listen to is I want to win.

‘And more than that I need the supporters and the players to feel that I say that, not just for the sake of saying it, but because I think we really can

‘I want to focus on the history of this giant club and give what I have and what I don’t have, so I will give absolutely everything to try to go in the direction we all want.’

QUESTION: You seem to have had a good rapport with Manchester United fans when you’ve come back with Inter Milan, Real Madrid, with Chelsea, with charity games. What is your message to United fans?

‘I know what they can give me I think also they know what I can give them. Obviously the most important thing is the players and the relationship with them.

‘It’s very important and curious that I play so many times against Man United and I play so many times at Old Trafford with other clubs and was empathy, no problems and in fact I was pushed by that feeling to say things sometimes that my clubs were not happy with.

‘I remember for example when I won at Old Trafford with Real Madrid, I said that the best team lost and not many people were happy at Real Madrid.’

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