Jose Mourinho has revealed that he considers leading Manchester United to second-place in last season’s Premier League to be one of the greatest achievements of his career
The Red Devils secured their best finish in the league table since 2013 after finishing as runners-up to local rivals Manchester City with a 19-point deficit.
But early exits in the Carabao Cup and the Champions League put Mourinho on the receiving end of a lot of criticism, while United’s FA Cup defeat to Chelsea in May only made matters worse.
And things have not got any better for Mourinho this summer with Portuguese coach often left struggling to cope with the absence of the majority of his first-team players due to their participation in the World Cup.
As well as that, the 55-year-old has lamented the lack of support he has received in the pursuit of transfer targets this summer.
However, on the eve of United’s Premier League opener against Leicester City, Mourinho insists he is proud of last season’s achievements.
“My view is that it is difficult for me to believe that we finished second,” said Mourinho, according to Goal.
“When I listen, when I read – not much but sometimes I do – it is difficult to believe that we finished second because you [the media] are capable of making people who finished second look like they were relegated and capable of making people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners.
“It is difficult to believe that we finished second. I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep saying and thinking and feeling that second position last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game.”
Mourinho had earlier stated that United’s pre-season fixtures were a waste of time due to their missing World Cup stars.
“In pre-season, it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, it looked like I was saying something crazy,” he added.
“I repeat, pre-season is difficult when you don’t have your players to work with.”