Jose Mourinho's comments about job difficulty suggest a more long-term approach at Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during the press conference

Ahead of a crucial spell in the season for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side, his comments suggest a more long-term approach.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during the press conferenceManchester United manager Jose Mourinho during the press conference

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said the job at Old Trafford is as difficult as he was expecting, he told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

Mourinho hasn't had the easiest of starts to life as United boss as his side face a crucial Europa League clash with Feyenoord at Old Trafford tomorrow night. 

His side currently lie in third place in Group A - a point behind tomorrow's opponents and Fenerbahce with two games remaining.

They are currently sat in sixth place in the Premier League having not been able to string consecutive league wins together since August, and are six points off the Champions League places, but are in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup. 

Mourinho pointed to Sir Alex Ferguson's time at the club, and admitted the risk in his target from the start of the season of trying to win the title.

He is quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: “The job is as difficult as I was expecting, when I said i wanted to win the Premier League this year, I said it was risky.

“I still can’t believe how we didn’t win our last three home games because we played so well, yet we didn’t win.

“I think by playing well the future can be bright. The team is happy with the way they’re playing, they are happy with direction.

“The best manager in Premier League history needed a few years to build a successful period, if the best needed time then others do too.”

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during the press conferenceManchester United manager Jose Mourinho during the press conference

Mourinho has often been associated as a manager with a pretty short, if successful life span - but his comments here suggest a more long-term approach. While he seems frustrated about three successive home draws in the league, he is happy at least that they are performing pretty well in the meantime. 

That can be a sign that his players have taken to their ideas, that confidence is starting to grow - and even after the vast outlay on players in the summer, there is still some work to do in terms of those he has available to him. 

While Sir Alex Ferguson is rightly lauded for his success, it took him five years for him to win his first trophy before masterminding a dominance that would span two decades. Five years is a long time for a football manager to be at a club now, never mind Mourinho who rarely goes beyond a third year. 

He may be targeting instant success, but it seems Mourinho is keen to see progress for now as he tries to build a successful side in his own image. 

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho (R) with Manchester United manager Sir Alex FergusonJose Mourinho with Sir Alex Ferguson

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