London: Jose Mourinho has told everyone associated with Manchester United to forget the three-year period under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal as he looks to replicate the triumphant history that made the club a "giant."
Scarves with new manager Jose Mourinho’s image are displayed for sale outside Man United’s Old Trafford Stadium yesterday. Pic/AFP
Talks with Mourinho started on Tuesday but it took until Friday for the terms of the contract to be ironed out and United their new manager on a three-year deal, with an option to stay at the club until at least 2020.
"I feel great," Mourinho told the club's in-house television station MUTV.
"I am in the right moment in my career because Man United is one of these clubs where you need really to be prepared for it because it is what I used to call a giant club. And giant clubs must be for the best managers and I think I am ready for it, so I could say I am happy, I am proud, I am honoured, I am everything."
United have failed to make European football’s top table in two of the three seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson retired — a period of dissatisfaction Mourinho: "We can look at our club in two perspectives. One is the past three years and another is the club history. I prefer to forget the past three years, I prefer to focus on the giant club I have in my hands now. I think what the fans are expecting me to say is that I want to win.
"So, yes, 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 and go in the direction we all want."
Jose Mourinho confirmed as Man Utd manager. Great appointment for the club
Great start to the day
Mourinho will be brilliant at United. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a footballing neanderthal. Just wish he'd come to Arsenal