José Mourinho: No nerves for the challenges ahead
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 5, 2016
In his first media outing as Manchester United manager, José Mourinho tackled many issues. He spoke about Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and his own policy on promoting young players.
The new United boss started by saying: “I am Man United manager, the reality is, that it is a job everyone wants but not many people get the chance, but I have it”. Clearly showing his delight at getting the job he has craved ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.
The United manager then set out his aims for the coming season. He expressed his sadness and frustration at not being in the Champions League but insisted that he intends to take the club at least into the top four this season. He referred to himself having an aggressive approach and stating that he intends to produce a style of play which will score more goals than the other team.
Mourinho also took time to take a swipe at his old rival Arsène Wenger by saying “There are so managers the last time they won a title was 10 years ago. If I have a lot prove, imagine the others”. José clearly starting the mind games off early this season.
Having been criticised in the past for not investing in youth players, Mourinho took a firm stance on his own youth policy. He firmly told the media that “I promote 49 (players) from academy. Do you want to know who they are? 49. 49. If you want, I can give you that”. He then went on to say how he has played youth even though he has not been forced to through injuries. Suggesting here that Rashford on got his chance last season due to injuries. He suggested that he plays youth players due to his own “convictions”. Marcus Rashford may well still have a chance of starting in the first team.
José then cleared up the Ryan Giggs situation. He stated that Giggs always has a job at Manchester United if he wants it. He stated that “Ryan (Giggs) he is not my responsibility, the job Ryan wanted was the job the club decided to give me”.
Mourinho was then asked his opinion about where Wayne Rooney should play. His answer was clear. “There are many players with a great pass but to be there to put the ball in the net is difficult to find,” Said Mourinho. He then added “Maybe he is not a striker or a number 9. He will never be a number 6 or a player 50 metres from the goal”. It is clear in Mourinho’s plans that Rooney, a player José has admired for some while, will play in a position where he can score goals. But what does that mean for Rashford, Martial and Ibrahimović?