Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho comments on whether he has a point to prove and his aims for season ahead

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

Jose Mourinho held his first press conference as Manchester United manager today.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he may have a point to prove to himself, saying that he would never be able to work without success.

Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December last season after a poor defence of the Premier League title he had masterminded just seven months earlier. 

The United boss seems determined to lead the club back into the Champions League and add to his glittering medal haul, with the club hoping he can take them back to the top after three poor seasons; although last term did see them win the FA Cup.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

There also appeared to be a thinly veiled dig at one of his rivals in there when it came to title droughts among managers in the division.

He addressed the media at his unveiling, as reported by Sky Sports: "There are some managers who last won a title 10 years ago. Some of them have won none of them. For me it was one year ago. If I have a lot to prove, imagine the others. I have to prove to myself. That's my nature. I would never be able to work without success."

As a result of last season's fifth-place finish, United will be playing in the Europa League next season - a competition which Mourinho has not played in since he won the competition when it was the UEFA Cup in 2003 with FC Porto.

He seems determined in the short term at the very least to get the side back competing in the Champions League next season while challenging for silverware. 

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

"I cannot hide my disappointment that we are not in the Champions League," he said. "Hopefully it is only season we are not there. But obviously the club is more important than myself and Manchester United is a Champions League club. In July 2017 we have to make sure we are there.

"I was never good at hiding behind words or philosophies. I was always more aggressive in my approach, with the risks it can bring. To say let's work, let's try to be back in the top-four, let's try to do well in the Europa League - I am not good at that. To be more aggressive is to say we want to win."

Certainly there will be plenty of expectation on Mourinho's shoulders following his arrival he has a proven track record of winning titles wherever he has been; in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain.

Although he may have downplayed things a little in his press conference without explicitly saying it, the chances are that he wants his side to be challenging and winning the league title in his first season in charge, and at the very least will want some silverware in the trophy cabinet along with Champions League football for the following season.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

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